Curzon Ashton have signed defender Danny Morton from Stalybridge Celtic.

Full-back Morton, who spent time at Burnley and Blackburn during his youth, becomes John Flanagan’s second summer addition after winger Connor Hughes joined on Thursday. The defender became a fans’ favourite in his two-year spell at Clitheroe after signing from NWCFL side Barnoldswick Town in 2013.

After impressing as skipper of the Evo-Stik North outfit, the 25-year-old earned a move to Stockport County where he spent the entirety of the 2015/16 season and collected their young player of the year award. He joined Stalybridge in 2016 from Colne and was awarded the captain’s armband for the 17/18 season at Bower Fold, where he made 77 appearances.

On the signing of the defender, manager John Flanagan said: “Like Connor Hughes, Danny is a player that I’ve tried to sign previously but circumstances this time allowed us to get the deal done.

“He’s a great age at 25, experienced and athletic with some excellent leadership qualities so he will bring a lot to our changing room. As a player, he’s adaptable so he’s able to drop in at full-back, centre-half and centre-midfield which will provide much needed cover for a number of positions.”


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