Aristote Nsiala joins for an undisclosed feeShrewsbury Town can confirm the signing of Aristote Nsiala from Hartlepool United on a two and half year deal for an undisclosed fee.
Shrewsbury Town Manager Paul Hurst has spoken of his delight at bringing in his first signing as Town boss.
Central Defender Aristote Nsiala has joined the club from League Two side Hartlepool United.
The 24 year old played under Hurst at Grimsby and Paul is pleased to be working with the man from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
"I didn't want to lose him when I was at my previous club but he went elsewhere and I've watched his career with interest", Hurst told ShrewsWeb.
“He's certainly someone I think very highly of, hence the reason why we've brought him here. He's got a lot of good attributes, he's a good person and I think he's someone who can step up the levels and be a big asset for this football club.
“He started out at Everton as a kid and it went a different route for him. He's ended up at Southport and then we signed him at Grimsby from there. He got his more to Hartlepool and he's working his way back up.”
Despite having to drop down into non-league to get his career going, Paul is confident he can make the step up to League One level.
“I wouldn't bring him here if I didn't believe he was good enough to bridge that jump up and I'm sure that he's confident in his ability”, Paul said.
“He's a good athlete and for me he did extremely well and hopefully he can do that again. He's played right back the odd time, but he is a centre back and that's why he's been brought in. That is where he can use his attributes.
“He's a strong boy, he's quick, he leaps well, he's competitive and I think he's also the right character. He can handle himself and I just want to get him integrated into the group now as quickly as possible.”
The paperwork and registrations have all been completed but at present the club are awaiting conformation from the EFL as to whether Aristote will be available for the Fleetwood Town game.