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Grimsby Town signing says holidaying fan prompted move
Having been released by Sunderland at the end of the season, midfielder Stephen Wearne was at a crossroads regarding his football career.
That was until a chance meeting, while on holiday in Mexico, convinced the 21-year-old to make a snap decision.
There were a number of offers on the table, but one moment persuaded Stockton-born Wearne the right move was to join League Two side Grimsby Town.
“We were out one night and I said to my girlfriend, ‘I don’t know what the right thing to do is here’,” Wearne told BBC Radio Humberside.
“Other managers were pressuring me to make a decision. I said to her – I need a sign.”
“I went to bed that night, next morning, I came out of the lift and the first guy I see has a Grimsby top on.
“And I just said, ‘That’s the sign’. It’s done.”
Wearne had spoken to Mariners boss Paul Hurst during the holiday but had yet to receive a concrete offer, however the encounter with the unknown supporter cemented his decision.
The former Middlesbrough trainee is happy to have made the switch to Blundell Park, and has offered a personal thank you to the unknowing fan.
“It just shows how many fans there are [supporting Grimsby],” Wearne added.
“I didn’t speak to the guy, he was quite a young lad, but if you were in Cancun, Mexico – reach out and I’ll send you something.
“Because that’s the reason why I’m here. He probably thought I was a bit of a weirdo because me and my girlfriend were just staring at him.”