Morecambe Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of defender Scott Wootton on a one-year deal.
The Shrimps have strengthened their back line with the acquisition of the former Plymouth Argyle and Wigan Athletic centre back.
The 29-year-old, who has accumulated over 280 career appearances to-date, has experience across the Sky Bet Championship, League One and League Two and progressed through the ranks at Manchester United as a youngster.
Wootton also has two Champions League appearances to his name, both of which came against CFR Cluj in the group stages of the 2012/13 season.
“I’m delighted to be here,” Wootton said.
“I’m glad to finally get it done and I look forward to having a successful season with the club, the first time the club has been in League One so positive times and I’m looking forward to it.
“I’ve got experience playing in this league and higher, so I need to bring that to the team and show my composure, we need to keep clean sheets so first and foremost we need to defend well, and I need to be a leader at the back, that’s what I want to bring to the team.
“It’ll be a tough season, that’s to be expected for all teams, there’s no easy games but there’s also no team to fear.
“[Ipswich] are a huge club at this level and we’re one minute away from winning the game so it just shows you we’re a good group of lads with plenty of belief and a good game plan that the manager has worked on, so anything can be possible at this league.”
Wootton becomes Stephen Robinson’s 16th signing of the summer transfer window, and the Shrimps boss believes his team can really benefit from his wealth of experience.
“Scott comes in with good experience and he’s played at good levels,” Robinson said.
“He’s played a lot of his career in League One and done very well towards the end of last season at Wigan as well, so we were surprised he was available, but we’ve brought him in, a good character, another leader in the dressing room and certainly adds to the competition and strength to the squad, especially with Ryan’s [Delaney] injury.
“We have a very young squad, an inexperienced squad, so it’s really important, people like Kyle [Letheren], Ant [O’Connor] and Kelvin [Mellor], they really drive people forward and Scott will be another one that drives, and he’s been there and done it at this level and his experience will be vital throughout the season.”