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Fleetwood pull off Stephen Crainey swoop



Fleetwood Town have announced that former Blackpool and Wigan defender Stephen Crainey has joined the club.

Crainey has agreed a one-year deal with Graham Alexander's Fleetwood side.

Crainey has agreed a one-year deal with Graham Alexander’s Fleetwood side.

The Scotland international left-back has agreed a one-year contract with Fleetwood as they prepare for life in League One.

The experienced 33 year-old played a key role in Wigan’s run to the FA Cup semi-final and had been linked with Barnsley earlier in the transfer window.

Crainey spent six years with Fleetwood’s near neighbours Blackpool in between 2007 and 2013, making 214 appearances for the club. The Scot played an important role in Ian Holloway’s memorable promotion winning season in 2009/10 when the Tangerines won the Championship play-off final.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Cod Army boss Graham Alexander said: “We have had our eye on trying to improve the squad. Every manager is the same and we thought we needed to bring in some more added quality and experience.

“Stephen Crainey certainly provides that, he has played at the top level and he is still hungry for success. He is chomping at the bit and he can’t wait to get started.”

Crainey is the second former Blackpool player to join Fleetwood this summer, the recently-promoted side recently brought in Keith Southern. The duo could be joined by former team-mate Stephen Dobbie who is of interest to the Fylde coast club, according to reports from Sky Sports.

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