With almost 2 months to wait for the start of the season, County`s first at Conference North level, it is time for me to offer my personal update of how things are looking at the sharp end at Edgeley Park.
County`s management team of Ian Bogie and Alan Lord have given the distinct impression of putting together a decent squad.
There`s a nice mix of experience and ambition about the new recruits as well, starting off with Phil Jevens, snapped up from Hyde after notching 15 goals at Conference Premier level last term. That`s one striker .....the second capture in this department by the Hatters Kristian Dennis takes a step up after notching 40 odd goals for Curzon Ashton in all competitions last season.
So.....a good start then , but all Cloughie `s successful teams had a solid base at the back so what have Ian and Alan sorted in this regard. Well......2 full backs for a start. Firstly Kyle Jacobs , a right back from FC United and Stephen O`Halloran ex Nuneaton Town, both have loads of experience and apparently `get forward` as often as possible.
Central defence is well served with Keiran Charnock having been tempted back ( hope the knees and stuff hold out!),and the highly promising Jordan Fagbola deciding to stick with County . Hope he prospers- he certainly deserves to! James Tunnicliffe is the third central defender on the books still having a year to run on his existing contract. He needs to improve on last years performances which he really should do at Conference North level!
With County neglecting to sign Richard O`Donnell , keeping duties fall on the young shoulders of Ian Ormson and Lewis King- both have promising careers ahead of them and Ormson holds the shirt at the moment, but I expect King to snatch it from him sooner rather than later in the season..
In midfield , County have acquired a goal scoring talent from Chester FC -Iain Howard . The 25 year old netted 35 times in 111 starts so should be one to watch, as should ex Everton junior Ian Craney, and Brandon Windsor who impressed with one or two cameo performances last term in a struggling County team.
I do not think I have missed anyone out. I would dearly like to add the names of Alex`s Meaney and Kenyon to the list but ...alas I fear they will be away to forge decent careers elsewhere!