As Jim Gannon looks to sort his squad out as early as possible following the end of the season, there has been plenty of movement at Edgeley Park and below are the players who are confirmed for the 2017 season:
- Ben Hinchliffe (contracted until 2018)
- Ian Ormson (contracted until 2018)
- Michael Clarke (contracted until 2018)
- Sam Minihan (contracted until 2018)
- Max Cartwright (contracted until 2018)
- Chris Smalley (contracted until 2018)
- Scott Duxbury (contracted until 2018)
- Connor Hampson (contracted until 2018)
- Lewis Montrose (contracted until 2019)
- Harry Winter (contracted until 2018)
- Adam Etches (contracted until 2019)
- Jimmy Ball (contracted until 2019)
- Harry Brazel (non-contract terms)
- Adam Thomas (contracted until 2018)
- George West (non-contract terms)
Gannon has previously stated that he believes the current squad has good strength in depth, but understands the need to get new faces in to complement the current batch of players.
“We’re now looking to recruit at least five very strong Conference North players. The main targets will be the three or four attackers that will provide the presence, penetration and creativity to get goals”, he told stockportcounty.com last week.
“We’re also considering an experienced leader type centre back and a strong left-footed central midfielder to complement our current team players”.
With the intent shown early on in pre-season by Salford City, and the relegation of York City (who intend to remain full-time) along with the usual suspects of Chorley, Kidderminster, Nuneaton and Darlington. Jim Gannon will have his work cut out in trying to ensure that County can build upon their reasonably successful 2016/17 and finish in at least, the top five.