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Martin Cranie

Defender

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Biography

Date of birth

26/09/1986

Height

183 cm

Signed

27/07/2015

Country

England

The defender, who had been on trial with the Club for almost three weeks, has signed a one year contract running until 30 June 2016, with Town having the option of a further season.

The Yeovil-born defender, who was a free agent after leaving Barnsley at the conclusion of last season, has played 223 games in the Sky Bet Championship for the likes of Southampton, Coventry City and the Tykes. In Town’s current squad, only Mark Hudson, Dean Whitehead, Sean Scannell and Adam Hammill have played more games in England’s top two divisions than Cranie.

Cranie, a former England Under-21 international, graduated from the Southampton Academy and went onto play 25 games for the Saints in the top two divisions, whilst furthering his senior experience through loan spells at AFC Bournemouth and Yeovil Town.

He made a permanent move too Portsmouth in 2007, although his two seasons at Pompey included further spells on loan at Queens Park Rangers and Charlton Athletic.

His transfer to Championship Coventry City in 2009 brought regular First Team football; he played 120 games over the course of three seasons.

Martin moved on to fellow Championship side Barnsley in the summer of 2012, where he played another 122 games – mostly as Captain – before leaving Oakwell in June 2015.

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