FORMER Bradford City striker James Hanson has signed for League Two rivals Grimsby Town.

Many Bantams fans have clamoured for the target-man's return but he has now signed on a two-year deal for the Mariners. 

The 31-year-old had his contract at AFC Wimbledon cancelled by mutual consent at the weekend.

Hanson was part of the famous "History Makers" City side that visited Wembley twice in one season and concluded with promotion to League One.

He formed a formidable little-and-large partnership with Nakhi Wells, a tactic of old which is rarely seen these days.

Hanson scored a massive 91 goals across 247 appearances for the Bantams and lives fondly in the memory of supporters. 

So much so, the City faithful created the "He used to work in the Co-op" chant as an ode to his humble beginnings.

The forward still had 12 months to run on his AFC Wimbledon contract when the agreement was made.

He admitted his priority was always to move back north, after a "good" year down south, but wanted to make sure he picked the right club.

Hanson told the Mariners' website: "I felt this club was perfect for me – it’s going in the right direction under the gaffer.

"We all want to be competing at the top-end of League Two, and hopefully it can happen next year.

"I want to be a part of a successful team that the manager is trying to build. As I’m getting a bit older I want some success again, so I think I’ve come here for the right reasons."