Released Morecambe defender makes Harrogate Town move

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Morecambe will encounter another familiar face when they meet Harrogate Town in the 2023/24 League Two season.

Liam Gibson, one of the 14 out-of-contract players released following relegation, has signed a two-year contract at the EnviroVent Stadium.

The 26-year-old will link up with another former Shrimp, Anthony O’Connor, who made the same move after being released in January.

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Morecambe’s players’ player of the year for the 2022/23 season told the Harrogate website: “I’m buzzing to be here. As soon as I heard of the interest, I was itching to come down and get signed,.

Liam Gibson has joined Harrogate Town Picture: Ian LyonLiam Gibson has joined Harrogate Town Picture: Ian Lyon
Liam Gibson has joined Harrogate Town Picture: Ian Lyon
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“I can’t wait to get started in July. I played here a few times with Morecambe and it just felt like a really homely football club; I couldn’t get down here quick enough.

“I want to take the form I had at Morecambe last season and bring it here to Harrogate and, hopefully, we can push on as a team to have a good season.

“I enjoyed my time there but I’m a Harrogate player now and I’m focused on doing as well as possible.”

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Gibson joined the Shrimps in September 2020, having been released by Newcastle United during that summer.

He made 27 appearances in 2020/21, helping Morecambe to promotion play-off final victory against Newport County AFC.

His performances led to the offer of a two-year contract as the Shrimps sought to consolidate themselves in League One.

After survival in 2021/22, he missed only two league games in playing 51 times during the 2022/23 season.

He made a total of 112 appearances and scored once for Morecambe, the goal coming in their 3-2 loss at Burton Albion in October 2021.