We are pleased to confirm that Sean Scannell has signed a new deal until the end of the season.
The former Crystal Palace and Huddersfield Town man joined the Mariners in 2020 after spells with Bradford City and Blackpool and has since gone onto make 29 appearances for the Club.
Croydon-born Scannell made twelve appearances for Town in last season’s promotion-winning campaign before seeing his season ended by injury against Maidenhead last Spring.
After being offered a short-term deal in the Summer to allow him time to recover, the 32-year-old made his long-awaited return in our recent defeat to Salford City. Now, with those minutes under his belt, the popular wide man is set to continue at Blundell Park for the remainder of the campaign.
On Scannell signing a new deal, Manager Paul Hurst said: “Scanz has worked very hard to get back fit. He’s obviously been on the bench for the last three games and made a brief appearance against Salford.
“While that game obviously didn’t go as we would all have liked, it was probably the one positive of the evening.
“We need to try get him some game time away from first-team fixtures and that’s something we’ll be looking to do as we progress but the most important thing is that he has been training for a lengthy period.
“He was playing extremely well for us prior to his injury, and I think the lads enjoyed having him around still as part of a group. He played his part in getting us promoted last season and, having worked so hard, we knew it was a no-brainer that we wanted him to be part of the squad for the remainder of the season and Scanz felt exactly the same.
“I’m pleased that we’ve got him. Hopefully, we can keep him fit and get him fitter so we can see more of him on the pitch between now and the end of the season.”
Scannell himself added: “It’s great to sign the new deal because I’ve got myself to a point where I can kick on now. It’s almost like a different type of contract now – the last one was to get me back up and running to support me through it but now it’s like ‘you’re back now, so let’s kick on.’
“If I can get myself back to where I know I can be, I feel that I can be back out there again, doing what I do with a smile on my face.”
Reflecting on the Club supporting him through his injury absence over the first half of the season, Scannell said: “I felt like I was back to loving football and enjoying myself so to get that injury affected me in many ways.
“Yeovil was the start of my run really and I started playing but the good thing was the manager and everyone at the club was so supportive through it. For me, that’s what helped me through it all.
“At the start, I didn’t know what to do. I really didn’t know if that was going to be it, so to get offered the deal to help me get back fit again, gave me a massive boost.
“Everyone at the Club though, the manager, Doigy, Mooro, Greg, Debbie, all of them, were so supportive. That’s what helped me through it all.”
The winger will be in contention for Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup Round Three match against Burton Albion at Blundell Park (5:30pm kick-off). Tickets are available now from the Ticket Office. Please note that Season Tickets do not apply for this cup match.