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Mariners Sign Defender Bignot

Conference Premier club Grimsby Town have completed the signing of former Blackpool defender Paul Bignot on a one-year deal.

The 27-year-old (pictured) can play anywhere across the back four.

Birmingham-born Bignot started his career as a trainee at Crewe Alexandra at the age of 13. He progressed through the youth teams, reaching the FA Youth Cup semi-final for the first time in the club's history, where they lost to Middlesbrough. Bignot pushed his way through the reserves and into the first team at the age of 18, making his senior debut in a win by a penalty shoot-out over Sunderland in the League Cup.

Bignot later signed a two-year contract with Kidderminster Harriers and was a regular in his first season, but the following year saw his contract cancelled by mutual consent. After talks with manager Mark Yates, it was decided that it was time for him to move on.

Bignot was then signed by Dean Holdsworth at Newport County. In his first full season, Newport won the Conference South with a record of 103 points. He was named in the league's team of year.

In the summer of 2011, Bignot accepted the offer of a one-week trial at Leicester City. However, Blackpool, recently relegated from the Premier League, made an approach for Bignot and asked him to play for them in a friendly against Scottish Premier League champions Rangers at Bloomfield Road. Following this appearance, he was offered a two-year deal with the option of a third.

On 4 November 2011, he joined League Two side Plymouth Argyle on a three-month loan deal.

Bignot is expected to go straight into tonight's squad to face Bradford City (7.30pm).

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