Spennymoor Town’s summer recruitment has continued today, focusing on a back-line boost with the signing of defender Chris Chantler and goalkeeper Jordan Porter.  

Imposing 22-year-old stopper Porter has joined from Scarborough Athletic, where he was an ever-present in their Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division North campaign last season.

He brings a wealth of experience with him for a player of such a young age, having been on the books of Huddersfield Town, Brighouse Town and FC Halifax Town.  

Renowned for his presence in the penalty area, Porter will provide competition for Daniel Lowson, the only other first-team goalkeeper at the club, much to the delight of his new manager Jason Ainsley.

Ainsley said: “Jordan is a fantastic signing for us. He has a big presence about him, has played at a really good level and, being just 22, is at an age where he wants to progress with us.

“Tommy Smith Jnr knows Jordan well, having worked with him at Halifax Town, which has helped in securing his services despite competition from several other clubs.”

Meanwhile, former professional left-back Chris Chantler has arrived from new league rivals FC United of Manchester, bringing with him plenty of experience of the league Moors are about to enter.

The former Manchester City youth player has racked up sixty appearances in the National League North and professional periods with Carlisle United and Kilmarnock.  

He also holds the prestigious record for being the first ever player to graduate through the ranks at Manchester City from the under-8 side all the way to the first-team when he made a dream debut aged 20 in the Champions League away to Juventus.

Chantler will provide an experienced head for the forthcoming campaign, despite still only being 26.

Capable of playing in midfield, he also provides some useful versatility, which hasn’t escaped the attention of the Spennymoor management team.

Ainsley said: “We feel that Chris will be a brilliant addition. He is proven at this level and his wealth of experience is going to be vital this campaign.

“When we met Chris and showed him around the training complex, he was very impressed and it’s a great coup for the club to attract him to Spennymoor.”

From the four signings already completed, it’s clear that Moors’ management team have targeted players who are ready-made to slot straight into the squad at this level, with minimal development required.

The professional approach of the club has been a telling factor in all of the players’ decisions to sign, as Jordan Porter eulogised on his arrival.

He said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have been given the opportunity to sign for a club which I see as the most professional part-time set-up I’ve been at.

“The move was a no-brainer after meeting the gaffer and being shown around. The facilities Spennymoor has to offer and the way it’s run are proof that it’s leaping forwards.  I want to help that continue as much as I can.”

Chantler also highlighted a friendly atmosphere from the representatives he’s met.  He said: “I was made to feel wanted from the very first time we spoke.  When meeting the manager, I was impressed with his enthusiasm and the clear passion he has for the club.

“There’s a feel-good factor around the place and I can see that we’re still trying to grow. Importantly, the manager wants his team to play football, which suits my style of play”.
Source: www.thenationalleague.org.uk

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