HARTLEPOOL United have signed defender Carl Magnay from Grimsby Town - Ronnie Moore’s third summer signing.
The 26-year-old was one of The Mariners’ key players last year - sweeping the board at their player of the year awards - after Grimsby finished third in the Conference before being beaten on penalties by Bristol Rovers in the play-off final.
Gateshead-born Magnay, Grimsby’s Supporters’ Player of the Year last year, can play either full-back or central defence.
The former Chelsea and Leeds United youth spent two-and-a-half years with his hometown club before leaving to sign a one-year deal with Grimsby last summer.
Magnay, who played 42 league games for the Mariners scoring one goal, was one of 12 players offered a new contract by Paul Hurst this summer.
But he turned it down to sign for Pools.
After being released from Leeds United’s Academy as a youngster, Magnay found an unconventional route back in to professional football when he earned a contract at Chelsea by winning the second series of Sky One show Football Icon in 2007.
Whilst on the books at Stamford Bridge he enjoyed loan spells with MK Dons and Northampton Town, also earning international recognition when playing for Northern Ireland Under-21s in 2009.
A serious knee injury brought to an end his five years at Chelsea but he made a swift recovery and a successful trial saw him pen a contract at Gateshead in January 2012.