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Gannon Hopes New Striker Can Prove Him Wrong

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Jim Gannon believes out and out goalscoring centre forwards are now few and far between in Non-League football.

But the Stockport County manager hopes he may have found one after completing a deal for a new centre forward.

County have signed Welsh football’s top goalscorer Jason Oswell from Newtown.

Gannon said: “I like my main forward to be an all round, well-equipped point attacker.

“And the more I considered Jason and assessed his attributes the more I felt he would be a great fit in our new look frontline. I also felt that we would be a good fit for him as he strives to progress his game.

“Unfortunately, the options of goal scoring centre forwards at our level of Non-League is becoming quite limited.

“There are some solid players at this level who have some strong characteristics, but with a lack of good young players coming through I feel the pool of attacking players is getting a little stale at National North level.

“Therefore, we have searched a little wider for something more fresh, exciting and perhaps a better fit for my ideal point attacker.

“Jason has the height and aerial strength to be a target man for getting up the pitch or attacking crosses,” Gannon told the club’s website.

“But he has a good turn of pace and very good mobility and athleticism for a big lad. The modern number nine has to have more than just a physical presence.

“He has to provide a platform to build attacks, craft to create and score around the box, and a penetrator from deep when required.

“Jason has matured well as a player over the last three years and the array of goals he has scored suggests he has sharpened a lot of those different attacking attributes.

“Whether he plays in a one or two-man central attack I feel he can operate effectively independently or with team mates in close support.”

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