Latics sign two strikers ahead of season opener on Saturday
Monday 30th July 2018 @ 20:26 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Oldham Athletic have signed two strikers ahead of the new season which begins on Saturday.

Chris O’Grady joins on a one-year contract, while Sam Surridge arrives from Bournemouth on a season-long loan deal.

10 years since his first spell at Boundary Park, O’Grady has made the return to link up with Manager Frankie Bunn and his assistant Andy Rhodes.

The 32-year-old has been on trial with the club and has featured in a number of pre- season games, scoring against FC United of Manchester.

O’Grady has previously worked with Rhodes at Sheffield Wednesday where they won promotion to the Championship in 2011/12.

He brings with him a wealth of experience having playing at every level of the English Football League.

The striker started his career as a youngster at Leicester City where he impressed in their U18s and reserve teams, making his senior debut for the Foxes in 2003.

Since then he has enjoyed spells at several clubs including Rotherham United, Bury, Rochdale, Sheffield Wednesday, Barnsley and Brighton and Hove Albion.

He signed for Oldham Athletic in 2008, making 34 appearances for the club in all competitions.

In the 2009/10 season, he gained League Two promotion with Rochdale, scoring 22 times in 43 appearances.

Meanwhile, Surridge is a striker with League Two experience, playing 53 times and scoring 10 times whilst on loan with Yeovil Town last season.

 

He also played a part in their FA Cup run which came to an end in the Fourth Round against Manchester United.

Joining AFC Bournemouth at 14-years-old, he was a prolific goalscorer throughout his youth career.

He will wear shirt number nine during his time at the club.