Stockport County have reported no less than three new arrivals over the past two days, as well as confirming those players which have signed new full-time deals at the club.
Stockport County announced the signing of brothers Connor and James Jennings on Thursday, then revealing yesterday the capture of former Hartlepool defender Mark Kitching.
These signings are further complimented by the news that both Adam Thomas and Sam Minihan have also signed full time deals with the club. Adding to an ever-growing list which includes Ben Hinchliffe, Liam Hogan, Ash Palmer, Lois Maynard, Jordan Keane, Richie Bennett and Nyal Bell.
Developing professionals Alex Curran and Jordan Downing will also provide further depth to the squad.
Stockport County continue their recruitment of players on a full time basis, moving away from last season’s hybrid model (a mix of both part and full time players), following the takeover by Mark Stott in January.
Fans will be delighted to see the latest additions. Particularly Connor Jennings, who joins following previous back to back promotions with Tranmere Rovers, something he will surely wish to replicate with his new club.
In what promises to be an exciting time for the Hatters, we have a brief look at what the new recruits will offer, alongside those who’ve signed new full time deals.
All three signings announced this week bring a wealth of experience, amounting to over 500 games between them at this level.
Connor and James Jennings
Connor Jennings has 55 goals and 29 assists during his time with various clubs in the National League. Stockport County fans may remember Connor from his previous spell at the club, on loan back in 2012-13.
He’s also played higher up the football pyramid, spending the last two seasons in the EFL for Tranmere. Brother James, on the other hand, will be looking to sure up the left-hand side, which proved to be particularly problematic for the Hatters last season.
Whilst the signing of the Jennings brothers will take most of the headlines. Fans should be quick to note the comments of Director of Football Simon Wilson regarding the highly sought after left-back Mark Kitching.
Wilson stating: “He was a stand out opportunity this summer, at 24 with no compensation payable and significant game time in this league under his belt, and we had to beat off a number of other clubs for his signature.”
Adam Thomas and Sam Minihan
Adam Thomas and Sam Minihan’s return to full time football rounds off this week’s announcements from the Hatters.
Both have been part of the Edgeley Park outfit for the past four seasons and their consistency of performance over this time period has been duly rewarded.
County fans will look to expect more of the same from the pair as they produced a solid partnership down the right, with the club just missing out on the playoffs in last season’s campaign.
Jim Gannon’s Ethos
Manager Jim Gannon will be hoping his new-look squad can continue to build upon the great relationships that previous players have made with the fans,
“Over the last few seasons nobody can doubt the massive bonds and memories that have been built. They range from small personal touches between individuals to incredible scenes that we have all shared together.”
Can this be the season which finally sees the Hatter’s return to the Football League?