FORMER Latics midfielder Giles Coke is back in League Two with bottom side Grimsby.

The 34-year-old, last with Hereford, has been able to sign after the EFL and FA granted permission for him to join the Mariners on a deal until the end of the season.

Having been training with Paul Hurst’s side, Coke was initially refused permission to join the his new club because he was still registered with the National League, but that issue has since been resolved.

The ex-Sheffield Wednesday and Mansfield man joined Latics in the summer of 2018 on a two-year contract but was quickly sidelined and would make just five appearances for the club.

Hurst said: “I'm really pleased, not just for ourselves but for the player as well.

“When I delivered the news last week that it looked like he couldn't sign for us, you could see him get quite emotional really, angry, annoyed and disappointed because in the few weeks we have had him here, he has worked incredibly hard with the extra sessions he was putting in to prove his desire.

"He is an experienced player and I know he will be able to use his head at the right times but he was really pleased when we gave him the news.

"He has been at some big clubs but after a difficult period for him, he can show that he is still capable of playing league football."