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Last Updated: Thursday, 17 July, 2003, 13:39 GMT 14:39 UK
Santos signs for Ipswich
George Santos (right) swaps Grimsby's colours for those of Ipswich
Santos (right) swaps Grimsby's colours for those of Ipswich
George Santos has signed a three-month contract with Ipswich and has joined the squad ahead of their tour to Scandinavia.

The French-born defender, who can also play in midfield, was a free agent after coming to the end of his contract at Grimsby last season.

The 32-year-old started his league career in England with Tranmere in 1998, before moving on to West Brom and Sheffield United in 2000.

A team-mate of Marcus Bent at Bramall Lane, Santos made 69 appearances for the Blades.

He then joined Grimsby in 2002 on a free transfer, but failed to prevent the Mariners being relegated to Division Two.

"With John McGreal recovering from his knee injury and Thomas Gaardsoe picking up an ankle problem, I wanted to bring in someone else to help us at the back," Ipswich manager Joe Royle told the club's website.

Meanwhile, Grimsby have agreed a deal with former goalkeeper Aidan Davison.

The 35-year-old was the Mariners' number one goalkeeping target after Danny Coyne went to Leicester.

Davison has been training with the club and has agreed to sign a two-year contract on 1 August.



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