We take a look at the current Stockport County squad as pre-season begins for the 2017/18 season.
Starting at the back, and probably the one area that The Hatters don’t require any strengthening in, Ian Ormson and Ben Hinchliffe will fight it out for the number one jersey, with Hinchliffe expected to start the season as no.1.
In defence, new signings Dan Cowan and Stephen O’Halloran join current defenders Chris Smalley, Michael Clarke, Sam Minihan, Connor Hampson and Scott Duxbury to ensure County will start their pre-season campaign with a number of experienced and promising defenders.
The midfield was seen as a concern at the end of last season and that will have been heightened by the loss of influential midfielder, Lewis Montrose. Fortunately, Jim Gannon has moved quickly on that front with the addition of Salford midfielder Sam Walker. Sam will join Harry Winter and Harry Brazel in the heart of the County team and attacking midfielders James Ball, George West and Adam Etches.
A complete revamp of the County frontline has also taken place, with Kayode Odejayi, Josh Amis and Sefton Gonzales all released. Space has been made for new signings Matty Warburton, Darren Stephenson and Jason Oswell, whilst attacker Adam Thomas also returns from injury after a year on the sidelines.
So, overall, 19 players make up the squad as pre-season kicks off. It’s likely that Jim Gannon will add another attacker and another midfielder before the first real fixtures take place in August, but already the current squad looks more balanced (on paper) as County look to leave the sixth tier of English football at the fifth attempt.