Tranmere Winger signs for County

Former Tranmere Rovers winger, Darren Stephenson, has signed for Stockport County on a two year contract and becomes Jim Gannon’s fourth signing of the summer.

The left sided attacker, who began his career at Bradford City and made one appearance for The Bantams in 2012, has been billed as a replacement for Danny Lloyd and a striker that is proven at Conference North level.

The consensus from Tranmere Rovers fans, for what it’s worth, is that it was a mistake to release a player that was never really given a chance in the team. Looking at the Total Tranmere forum, you can see that the majority believe he would have an important impact for them when fully fit.

Jim Gannon, meanwhile, is delighted to finally secure Darren’s services, and revealed that he has been a target for quite some time.

‘Darren is a player I’ve admired since he played against my Northwich Victoria team’, he told Stockportcounty.com on Monday.

“(He) catches the eye with his skill, pace and ability to raid in off the left to score goals. His flourish of goals at the end of 2015/2016 earned him a great move to Tranmere”.

Gannon also revealed that his work was not finished yet, and expressed his desire to continually supplement the current squad of players.

“We are continuing discussions with a number of attackers that we trust will provide at least one more player with different qualities to complement and supplement our signed attackers”.

Abdulai Bell-Baggie signs! 

The club announced late last night that 23 year old Abdulai Bell-Baggie had signed for the coming season. 

Winger Bell-Baggie, who is probably most known for his 3 year spell at Tranmere, is an ‘international standard’ player, having been capped for Sierra Leone 4 times. He has also played for England at under 16 & 17 level. 

 
Reaction to this signing appears positive from the fans, who seem happy that another winger’s been acquired, add to this the football league experience Bell-Baggie has and it could turn out to be a very smart acquisition from Young. The only potential negative is the sheer amount of clubs that Bell-Baggie has played for to date in his short career. Here’s hoping that he makes a home in Stockport and helps to bag us (sorry) a spot in next years conference national league. 

Welcome Andy Robinson! 

First of all, congratulations to the club for keeping this one a relatively well-kept secret. 

Former Leeds, Tranmere and Swansea player Andy Robinson has been persuaded to come out of retirement by Neil a Young to help lead the Hatters promotion charge for the coming season. The 35 year old has a vast array of football league experience and just last season helped Shrewsbury to get promoted to league 1. 

  
Robinson is a winger who also plays in the centre of midfield and whilst he was injured for the vast majority of the previous season, if Andy can stay fit and free from injury, it can be seen as a great signing for County. Some may question the commitment of Robinson to the County cause, but considering he has come out of retirement specifically to play for the club, fans should be hopeful of a full-blooded effort for the coming season. 

Welcome to County, Andy Robinson.