Grimsby Town have completed the signing of former Gillingham midfielder Jake Hessenthaler on a two-year-deal, reports the club’s official website.
The 24-year-old was released by the Gills at the end of the 2017/18 campaign and becomes the Mariners sixth new signing of the summer.
“He is highly industrious and fits very well with our belief in hard working and energetic players,” Grimsby manager Michael Jolley told the club website.
“He also has quality that can help the team next season. Jake has made a significant commitment to join Grimsby and I believe that he can improve and grow as a player with us.”
Hessenthaler made 42 appearances last season for Gills as the club finished 17th in League One.
He began his career in the youth set-up at Chelsea before and was snapped up by the Gills when he was released by the Blues as a teenager before signing a four-year professional deal with the club in 2013.
This is a very good signing for League Two level.
Grimsby will have been happy with their second season back in the Football League having avoided relegation again, but the goal this season will be to climb the table.
To get someone like Hessenthaler in on a free who already has a lot of experience playing at League Two and League One level is brilliant business and shows the ambition of the Mariners.
At 24-years-old there is also a good chance that Grimsby could sell him on in the future for a very healthy sum.