Jim Gannon, manager of Vanarama National League North club Stockport County, has added to his strike-force with the signing of ex-County trainee Josh Amis from Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division North side Northwich Victoria.

Amis arrives with a growing reputation as a versatile young attacker with a keen eye for goal.

Gannon said: “I am delighted to have secured Josh, and to be able to add him to our attacking options. It is important that we have the type of striker that offers physical presence in central attack to complement our other types of attackers.

“Josh can act as a target man but I think he offers more than just that, as at Northwich he offered a mobile, strong running, point attacker who has the physical skills to break behind defences and between centre backs.

“This is a step up for Josh, but it’s a step I feel he can make back at a club he knows well. Given his age, experience and physical attributes I feel he can adapt very well to the demands of the Conference North and once again his overall profile provides scope for growth and development and a real ability to move forward with the club.”

Twenty-one-year-old Amis was a trainee at Stockport and formed a great partnership with Danny Whitehead in County’s youth team.

He then moved to Preston North End when the County youth structure was dismantled, and from there Northwich took him on `work experience` before securing his services permanently three seasons ago.

Gannon added: “I worked with Josh throughout that period and he has always been a very committed player who shows great maturity and mental strength for his age. Last season Josh shared the number 9 attacker role with Ritchie Bennett, but Josh still went on to score a credible 18 goals and have the best goal to games ratio at the club”.

Source: www.footballconference.co.uk

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