A TRIO of players have left Stockport County including striker Sefton Gonzales, at the start of what is expected to be a busy week of transfer action at SK3.

The giant 6’4’’ striker has rejoined Clitheroe – the club he originally left less than three months ago. The Blues have paid an undisclosed fee and he returned to their squad for Tuesday’s 4-1 defeat to Glossop North End.

Gonzales scored 19 goals in the Evo-Stik First Division North last season, but struggled with the step up to the Vanarama National League North, and failed to find the net for a Stockport side that has found it difficult to turn dominance into goals so far this campaign.

Less than two weeks ago it was announced that Gonzales had been sent out on loan to Salford City. But he was conspicuous by his absence from the 16 that travelled to Frickley Athletic, and now County manager Neil Young has decided to let him go on a permanent basis.

Gonzales isn’t the only Striker leaving Edgeley Park as Max Hazeldine has returned to his parent club Accrington after his one month loan deal expired.

The young pacy forward made five appearances in total during his short spell with the club which included three starts but ultimately no goals.

The departures of Gonzales and Hazeldine leave Young with only two recognised forwards in his squad, in the form of Kayode Odejayi and Lamin Colley. The pair themselves only have one league goal between them for the Hatters this season however.

Winger Micah Evans was thrust into a more central attacking role in County’s last game away at Gainsborough. Having previously played the role in his youth team days at Blackburn Rovers he managed to score the decisive winner.

Despite Evans impressing in the role, Young is likely to bring in at least one additional striker into the club before his side’s trip to Curzon Ashton on Saturday.

It isn’t just at the attacking end of the field where County’s numbers have reduced, as defender Jordan Thorniley has also departed. The left-sided central defender has gone back to his parent club Everton after completing his current spell with the Hatters.

The 18-year-old has been virtually an ever present in the Stockport side since joining in the summer but the popular loanee has been suffering from a hernia problem in recent weeks.

It is understood that Thorniley could potentially come back on loan at a later date if both clubs can come to an agreement.


By: Joe Canavan

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