Blue Square Bet
Published 30th April 2012
....goals next term to fire the Hatters back into the Football League and reward the 'best fans in English football'.
The giant striker, 20, notched six goals in just eight games after joining County from Evo-Stik League Northern Premier League First Division North outfit Lancaster City in March this year.
And his goals propelled the Hatters to safety from the street-fight that was this season’s relegation battle.
Now the Bradford-born Manchester United fan, known as ‘the quiet man’ by team-mates, has promised more of the same next term as reward for the "mad" County fans who've made him feel so welcome.
Hattersley said: “Stockport County is a huge club and it was a dream to sign for them.
“From the first moment I stepped out onto the Edgeley Park pitch on my home debut I knew this was somewhere special to be. The fans are incredible – the lengths they go to to support this club and help in every aspect of its running are incredible.
“I aim to keep scoring goals next season – I’ve set myself a target of twenty-plus and I, and everyone else at the club, firmly believe we will be fighting for promotion next season.
“It's the only way I can repay the amazing support I have had from the manager and the mad supporters – by helping put this club back where it belongs, in the Football League.
“There’s no secret to the way I play – I just get myself in the box and in goal-scoring positions.”
Hattersley now lives a 5 minute walk from County’s Edgeley Park ground, in a house provided and furbished by County supporters through the `Help The Hatters` group.
“I was there when they were finishing off the decorating and moving in the furniture,” Hattersley says. “There’s only one way to repay that kind of devotion to the club and that’s by giving the fans goals and helping bring the good times back to the club.”
Though he only celebrated his 20th birthday a few days after signing for County in March it is an indication of the young, hungry team boss Jim Gannon is assembling that Hattersley is considered an ‘oldie’ by his team-mates.
“In training we are split into ‘youngies and oldies’,” he says. It takes some getting used to being called an ‘oldie’ at 20. But it is a sign of what the manager is doing here – putting together a young team that wants to put the pride back into this club through our performances..
“Next season will see the fans rewarded for all their hard work and support.”