Pacy winger Danny Lloyd has joined Stockport County from National League North rivals AFC Fylde – with the promise of lots of goals next season.
After three successive Play Off campaigns with the Coasters, Danny has decided to make the move to Edgeley Park in a bid to fulfil his promotion ambitions, and build on his phenomenal record of scoring 61 goals in three seasons under Dave Challinor and Colin Woodthorpe.
Danny, 24, said: “I can guarantee to the fans and the gaffer that I will score you goals this season and I want to be a focal point of the team. If I play consistently, I will score you goals consistently.”
As well as goals, Danny says his main attributes are pace, skill and work rate: “My biggest asset is that I run – a lot!” said Danny. “I work very hard, and my priority is to make sure I leave nothing on that pitch; you should never come off thinking ‘I could’ve done more’.
I’m not a tough-tackling player but I work very hard on the ball, I’m very direct, run at defenders, take them on the inside or the outside, even if I get a bit of a kicking, which I do in every single game, but that’s just the trials and tribulations of being a nippy winger.
“I really buy into Stockport County and its environment, I want to immerse myself in County, because it’s a club that’s rebuilding, it’s moving forward and I want to be a massive part of that. We’re going to have a cracking squad and we’ll have a right go, we will be up there challenging this season.”
Danny arrives in SK3 just days after suffering the heartbreak of a Play Off final defeat at the hands of North Ferriby United, having come on as a late substitute in last weekend’s showdown.
He originally joined Fylde in June 2013 from Tamworth. He was a favourite with the fans at both Tamworth and previous club Lincoln City and made an instant impact for Fylde as one of the top scorers in the team during their promotion from the Evo-Stik League.
Fylde needed penalties to beat Ashton United in the 2013 Play Off final, with goalkeeper Ben Hinchcliffe scoring the deciding penalty to end a tense game and send the Coasters up to the Conference North. In the same season, Danny also won the Lancashire FA Trophy and the Northern Premier League Challenge Cup, beating Skelmersdale 1-0 at Edgeley Park.
Danny has also played for Southport and Colwyn Bay, as well as loan spells at Skelmersdale and Chorley. Away from football, he works for a waste disposal firm seeking out new business.
He said: “I’m really pleased to be joining County, especially as my season ended on a sour note losing in the Play Off final. Over the past year at Fylde I’ve been in and out of the team, not a regular first choice, and I’d lost that buzz, but as soon as I spoke to Jim after the final, the buzz was definitely back. Jim’s plans for next season and the players he’s signed have instilled an air of positivity in me, and I can’t wait to get back training now.