Defender Courtney Meppen-Walter, 21, is the latest player to join Stockport County for 2016/17.

The 21-year-old, 6`3” centre-half is a former England Youth international who played seventeen times for his country and captained England at under-18 level and spent the early years of his career at Manchester City.

County boss James Gannon and his staff have worked tremendously hard to get this deal over the line in the last two weeks, having fought off competition from several clubs higher up the football Pyramid to secure Meppen-Walter’s signature.

After leaving Manchester City he signed for Carlisle United in November 2013 and spent two years at Brunton Park, scoring 2 goals in thirty-four appearances.

He left the Cumbrians at the end of last year and, following a brief spell at Ashton United, joined Chorley on a non-contract basis in March 2016, scoring one goal in ten appearances in the National League North.

Gannon said: “Courtney, similar to our previous signings, epitomises the qualities outlined in our recruitment profile. He is young but mature, proven at this level but with great potential. He has the strength, height and physical qualities to be competitive in his key positions. He also displays great technical quality for a big lad, with a mainly defensive background.

“In terms of our overall squad profile Courtney, being mainly left-footed, gives great balance and depth to our defence and midfield options as he has the adaptability and versatility which could be key to both tactical options and the maintenance of team strength during leaner periods of player availability.

During his career he has played at left-back, left centre-back and holding midfielder, and is quite comfortable to continue playing in any of those positions as we move forward.”


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