Stockport County could follow Salford City with back-to-back promotions if they play their cards right this summer.
Greater Manchester clubs flood the English Football League, and Stockport County may well be en route to joining them. Stockport won the National League North last season and will be looking to hit the ground running as they enter their new competition.
Next season, County will realistically be aiming to avoid relegation or seek a comfortable mid-table season. However, with their recent run of form, and the motivation to match their neighbours Salford, we could see Stockport push for a high finish.
However, Jim Gannon will need to add quality and depth to his squad in order to make a mark on the National League.
By introducing the following players, for free, we may well be seeing EFL action at Edgeley Park in the 20/21 season…
At 30 years of age, winger Fabian Brandy could increase the quality and experience of the Stockport County squad. Salford City recruited players who have seen the green of the EFL on many occasions, resulting in them dragging the side to where they belong. County could follow suit with Brandy, who has played 130 games in League One, in which he was involved in a goal once every three games. He was also once a part of Manchester United’s academy.
Brandy also has a keen interest in promoting youth talent, he even created an app which allows young footballers to connect with clubs. This kind of character would serve well in the dressing room of a team looking to a bright future.
Ebanks-Blake, coincidentally another ex-Man Utd man, is now a free agent after running down his contract with Barwell. The 33-year-old striker has over 230 appearances at EFL level and over 70 in the Premier League.
Stockport’s defensive ability last season was second to none. They finished the league with the lowest amount of goals conceded.
By recruiting the likes of Ebanks-Blake and Brandy, Stockport’s attacking power will be much stronger and capable of coping in their new division.
Their wealth of experience can also be passed on to teammates, putting them in good stead for the future.