Plymouth Argyle sign new striker Paris Cowan-Hall from Woking
STRIKER Paris Cowan-Hall has become Plymouth Argyle manager Carl Fletcher's first new signing of the summer.
The 21-year-old, who can also play as a winger, is arriving at Home Park from Conference South champions Woking.
Cowan-Hall has passed a medical but will not officially complete his move to the Pilgrims until July 1.
He was out of contract at Woking, but because of his young age and the fact he rejected a new deal to stay there, Argyle have had to agree a compensation fee for him with the Surrey outfit.
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As per club policy, the Pilgrims are not disclosing the length of contract Cowan-Hall has signed for them.
Woking snapped up the striker in August 2011, after he was released by Scunthorpe United at the end of the previous season.
Cowan-Hall had trials with Gillingham and Newport County before ending up at Woking, and it proved to be a successful move for both parties.
Woking, whose first team coach is Plymouth-born former Yeovil Town manager Steve Thompson, finished top of Conference South by nine points from runners-up Dartford.
And Cowan-Hall finished as the second top scorer for the Cards, with 17 goals from 34 starts and eight substitute appearances.
He signed for Portsmouth in 2007, having had trials with Chelsea and Manchester United at the age of 16.
Cowan-Hall moved on loan to Grimsby Town in January 2010 and made his debut as a late substitute in a 1-1 draw at home to Bury in League Two.
However, his stay at Blundell Park was short-lived because of a bout of glandular fever.
Cowan-Hall later re-signed for Grimsby with the intention of staying until the end of the 2009/10 season, but suffered a hamstring injury after making only two more substitute appearances for the Mariners.
He was released by Portsmouth that summer, having not played at first team level for them, and eventually signed for Scunthorpe on non-contract terms in October 2010.
Cowan-Hall made only one appearance for the Iron, as a substitute in a 2-1 home defeat by Watford in the Championship in January 2011.
The following month he started a short loan spell at Rushden and Diamonds, for whom he had played at youth team level.
The signing of Cowan-Hall takes the size of Argyle's squad to 21 players, which includes five first-year professionals.
Out-of-contract full-backs Durrell Berry and Robbie Williams have also been offered new deals by the Pilgrims.
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