Southport snap up defender Simon Grand

Simon Grand

Grand played six times for Aldershot in League Two last season

Southport have completed the signing of Fleetwood defender Simon Grand on a free transfer.

The 27-year-old signed for Fleetwood last summer but made just four appearances before loan spells at Mansfield and Aldershot.

The Sandgrounders are preparing for a season in the Blue Square Bet Premier, although they could drop a division if Rushden & Diamonds win an appeal.

Boss Liam Watson told the club website:  "It really will be a new look squad."

He added: "Simon will really contribute with his knowledge at this level and above. I look at him like a Neil Fitzhenry-style defender and I view Neil as my best ever defensive signing.

"I know Simon will set high standards and with Steve Akrigg I am building a new defence with Earl Davis as my third centre back and Kevin Lee can slot in there as well.

"I am talking to a number of players and have got agreements already in place."