STOCKPORT COUNTY FC

Tom Walker signs

Stockport County have signed former Bolton Wanderers and Bury winger Tom Walker on a short-term deal following a successful trial with the Hatters.

The 21-year-old made his debut for Bolton against Leeds in January 2015 and went on to make 20 appearances for the Trotters, scoring one goal.

Last summer he joined Bury on a season-long loan. He made 15 appearances for the Shakers last season, scoring one goal.

County boss Jim Gannon said: “I am pleased to give Tom an opportunity at the Club. For a number of reasons a lot of talented young players are falling out of our professional game, and having to fight to re-establish themselves in the game through non-league football.

“Tom has some great experience at a higher level which suggests he has ability and quality. And at 21 years old  he should have the potential to develop and bounce back up the leagues. But for now we are offering him a place to learn and play as he strives to develop his game and become an effective team player. Hopefully that will lead to him recapturing his form and confidence that made him a regular football league performer.

“Tom will go straight into our match day squad and he will provide us with extra depth and competition in wide attacking areas and split striker positions which we feel will be very important over the coming month with the continued intense games programme thrown at clubs at this level in the early parts of the season.”

The Bolton Wanderers Academy graduate was released from the Macron Stadium at the end of June.

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