Ian Richards promised in his post match interview midweek that he was hoping to have a few new faces to bolster the injury ravaged squad. Well true to his word we can reveal that Stocksbridge have captured the signing of highly rated Irish midfielder twenty year old Leigh Whelan from Matlock Town/Chesterfield U23’s.
Leigh progressed through three teams in Ireland and made it to a League of Ireland team for the past two-and-a-half-years prior to joining Chesterfield FC and had a spell out on loan with Sheffield FC last season, he joined Matlock Town in the summer but by time his international clearance came through, Matlock had changed managers and Leigh was not in his plans.
Ian had this to say:
We welcome Leigh Whelan to the club from Chesterfield U23s. He is the perfect fit for our squad – young with an excellent attitude and work ethic and has the hunger to develop and achieve. He will provide quality and competition in midfield and also experience at this level after playing for sheffield FC last season and Matlock Town at the start of this one. Huge thank you to Neil Cluxton and Chesterfield for allowing the move to happen.