Versatile defender Dan Cowan has joined Stockport County after leaving Macclesfield Town at the end of last season.
The 21-year-old signed for the Silkmen at the age of 15 after playing for Buxton Juniors and New Mills as a youngster before joining Macc’s youth team. He made his breakthrough into the first team at the end of 2013/14, signing a pro deal that summer.
Dan replaces Max Cartwright in the squad, after Max opted to reject a new contract at Edgeley Park.
County boss Jim Gannon said: “I feel Dan signing is a good move for now and the future. Dan is only 21 and has very good National League and National League North experience. He brings a professionalism, athleticism and versatility which should see him provide stiff competition for the current first team defenders but also the potential to grow, develop and overtake our current defenders in time.
“I’ve seen Dan play every year for Macclesfield Town against my teams, and he has always impressed me. I’ve seem him as a young, tenacious right-back and an assured centre-back in games against Northwich Victoria, and more recently as a left-back against County last pre-season. He’s grown in maturity with first team games and I feel he has all the attributes to develop into a top defender. Despite his overall versatility I see Dan’s potential being realised, initially with us, as a right centre-back in a three-man defence, although he has the experience and athleticism to play as a right full-back or wing-back.
“The addition of Dan provides further depth, and restores some balance to the defensive options. This addition became increasingly important following Max Cartwright’s decision not to accept an improved contract offer. We’re conscious that our central defenders come from a part-time background but Dan comes from a full-time background at Macclesfield Town and is another player with the potential to go full-time in the future with the club, which was an important consideration during his recruitment.”
During his time at the Moss Rose, Dan has had spells on loan at Ashton United and Chorley. He made almost 50 appearances for the Silkmen during his four years at the club.
Dan said: “I’ve enjoyed my time at Macclesfield Town for the past few years I’ve spent at the club, but it’s time to move on and push on with my career.”