Shrewsbury Town have completed the signing for former Crewe Alexandra defender Mark Ellis, reports the Shropshire Star.
The 25-year-old played 40 times for Crewe last season and has become manager Micky Mellon’s third signing of the close season.
Ellis has signed a two-year deal with an option for an extra 12 months at the Greenhous Meadow.
The defender was released by Crewe at the end of the last season after helping the Railwaymen beat the drop in League One.
Ellis told the Shropshire Star:
“It has been exciting. I have made a couple of trips here now, had a look around and I am pleased with what I have seen.
“I have not met the manager but I have had a good chat with assistant boss Mike Jackson. I like what I hear and I like what they want to do, so I am happy to be here.
“It is always disappointing to leave a good club (like Crewe), perhaps I would have liked to have stayed there if I was offered something.
“But that wasn’t the case. I have had to look elsewhere and I don’t think there’s a better place to come to than Shrewsbury
“When you look at the ground and the facilities here it is not a League Two club at all. The club want to come straight back up and I want to be playing in League One, and I am sure the rest of the players want to be there as well.”
“It’s about bouncing back at the first opportunity. That is what has made my mind up to come here. Mike has filled me in on what they want to do and where they want to go and I am more than happy to go along with it.”
Ellis started his career at Bolton Wanderers but didn’t make a single first-team appearance.
A spell on loan at Torquay United followed and the move was made permanent in 2008 and he went on to made 98 appearances, scoring nine goals in a four year spell at Plainmoor.
Ellis joined Crewe in 2012 and went on to made 81 appearances, scoring six goals in two years at Gresty Road.