The Club are delighted to announce the signing of experienced top-flight defender Phil Bardsley on a free transfer, with the full-back joining after a five year spell at Burnley.
Salfordian, Bardsley has played over 300 games in the Premier League since 2003 for the likes of Sunderland, Manchester United and Stoke and has signed with County until the end of the season, becoming the first player in the Club’s history to agree to donate his entire salary to the County Community Trust.
Phil has been training with the first-team in recent months as he recovers from injury after leaving Burnley in the Summer, and after impressing during his time at Carrington now joins the ranks as we look to push on up the table in the second half of the season.
Phil Bardsley said:
“This is a dream signing. Over the last six months I’ve had the honour of training with the Club as I bounce back from injury, and during this time County has felt more and more like a home for me thanks to the support from the players, coaching staff and wider Club.
“Having the opportunity to sign for the Club and to give back to the Community Trust at the same time feels like the perfect way for me to make my return to football.”
First-Team Manager Dave Challinor said:
“Phil has had an incredibly successful career at the very top of the football pyramid. His skill, experience and tenacity will be a huge asset to the Club as we continue our campaign, and we look forward to welcoming him into the side.”
Director of Football, Simon Wilson said:
“We are very pleased to be able to add someone of Phil’s character, quality and experience to the group and am sure the entire Club will benefit. Phil is a winner and keen to contribute to the campaign this season.”
Independent registered charity, the Stockport County Community Trust helps engage the local community through its extensive programme of work which includes education through sport, volunteering and promoting healthy, active lifestyles.