Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke became Stockport County’s third signing of the summer as the former Northwich Victoria defender joined his former manager in making the switch to Edgeley Park.

The former Northwich captain, who until as recently as 2015 was playing up top for Vics, had a storming first season for County, making 49 appearances in defence and scoring 4 goals.

He formed a formidable partnership with Chris Smalley and Mark Ross, ensuring the Hatters ended the season with the lowest number of goals conceded for 2016/17.

Clarke signed a contract recently to keep him at the club until the end of the 2018 season, and the defender will remain an integral part of the four or five man defence that worked so successfully last season.