Former Guiseley captain Ash Palmer has become Stockport County’s latest summer signing after agreeing a move to Edgeley Park.

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Palmer has signed pre-contract terms and will officially become a Hatter at the start of next month. The six-foot-two centre half spent two years with the Lions, and made 77 appearances.

The 25-year-old told County’s official website: “County is a really ambitious club and I’m looking forward to being in a strong side that’s challenging at the top end.

“My ambition is to get back to full-time football, so County is a perfect fit – I’ve been in pro clubs before, and played a few games in the League, so my aim is to get back there and make a living as a full-time professional footballer, and I can make that transition here at County with their plans to go full-time.”

Ash has been on Jim Gannon’s radar for more than two years, since winning the title with North Ferriby, so what can County fans expect from the big centre half? Ash said: “I like to defend, lead from the back, and do what I’m good at. I always give 100%.

“As soon as I came to Edgeley Park, had a look around and met Jim Gannon, I was sold – I knew I wanted to play here. I love the amount of detail he goes into, which is very different to what I’ve experienced in the past, he’s so thorough. He also spoke very highly of the group of players at the club – they are young and hungry, which is a good combination, and we certainly expect to be there or thereabouts with this squad.”

Having spent the last couple of years in the Vanarama National League, Ash doesn’t know too many of the players currently at County, other than former team mate Frank Mulhern, but he said: “That doesn’t bother me, I don’t mind walking into a new dressing room and making friends!”

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