"I'm very excited to have signed the contract and secured my future with
County because they've been great to me - they're a great set of fans, the
gaffer and his staff are brilliant and at 28 years old I'm still learning, so
I'm delighted to be able to stay here and continue improving my game, which is
what I want to do at this stage of my career.
a hard decision: I'm enjoying my football, I love the club and it's great to
get the longevity of a two-year deal, as I did when I first signed for
Stockport County. But the most important thing now is the next game, because
what I want to do is get us into the play-offs, that is literally all I'm
thinking about, not the contract, it's all about doing my best for County and
winning football matches."
County's reigning player of the year and has made more than sixty appearances
since joining from York City in the summer of 2015.
Manchester-born midfielder spent his formative years as a trainee at Manchester
City before moving to Wigan Athletic.
He went on to
have an illustrious career in the Football League, winning promotion to League
One with Wycombe Wanderers in 2011 and being part of a Gillingham squad which
won the League Two title in 2013.
made a huge impression both on and off the pitch since arriving at Edgeley
Park, and is a tremendous ambassador for County in the local community. He
said: "I came to County from full-time football so when I joined it was a
bit of a shock just filling my time, because you get such limited time to train
with your team-mates, so I spoke to the guys in the Community Foundation about
the sports coaching they do in schools, I met with their manager Dave Wardle
and he gave me a job in the Community team and I'm really thankful because it's
been a great opportunity for me."
Ben Hinchliffe, Sam Minihan and Michael Clarke in signing new deals to stay at
Edgeley Park beyond the end of this season