Blue Square Bet
Published 22nd July 2012
The Fleetwood Town player began his second loan stint at Edgeley Park after ending his loan at the club last season as County’s top scorer.
He said: “I have said all along that if I were to leave Fleetwood there was only one other club I would go to and that club is Stockport County.
“It’s really good to be back, to be able to play first team football again and County is a great club.”
Rowe, 21, went back to Blue Square Bet Premier champions Fleetwood after a successful end to his County loan spell last term saw his goals help the Hatters avoid relegation.
But he found his route to first team honours blocked after the Trawlermen spent big on new strikers following their promotion into League Two.
So he asked for a loan move and, despite interest from a number of other Conference suitors, he refused to go anywhere else but Edgeley Park.
“I’m delighted to be back at Stockport County. I’ve come here to play football, to score goals and to be part of this exciting young team Jim Gannon is putting together.
“In many ways it is like I’ve never been away. Since last season ended, the County fans have been constantly leaving me messages on Twitter, asking me to come back.
“I made lots of really good friends while I was there last season and have kept in touch with them all.”
Rowe confirms he will wear the iconic No7 Jersey for County when he turns out next season but is determined his role ‘in the hole’ will also see him notch plenty of goals for the Hatters.
“I am looking to score between fifteen and twenty before my loan period finishes on January 1st. Based on what I have done in the past that’s more than achievable,” he says.
“I would definitely expect us to be challenging for the play-offs because there is a great set of lads at County, players who are easily good enough to perform in the Football League. And now with the new signings the gaffer has made it is only right that big things are expected.
“That’s the players' pressure – to deliver on that promise. And I honestly can’t wait to get stuck in.”
Rowe’s first game home game for County is a potentially explosive homecoming for the striker on Tuesday night when his new employers take on his old employers, Fleetwood Town, in a pre-season run-out at Edgeley Park.
“I’ve been given permission to turn out for County for that game. I’m looking forward to it - It should be good fun,” he adds.