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Adam Morning, Sefton Gonzales, Chris Baguley and Florian Da Silva have all left Vanarama National League North club Stalybridge Celtic today.

Morning has hung up his boots, Gonzales was the subject of a seven-day approach and has elected to return to Stockport County (see separate news item), while both Baguley and Da Silva have been released.

Morning, who came through the youth team at Manchester City, joined Oldham Athletic briefly before joining Mossley AFC in 2004, and then Woodley Sports in 2005, scoring for fun at both clubs.

He caught the eye of Portsmouth, for whom he had trials, but instead signed for Bradford Park Avenue in 2007.

It was a brief stint, before returning to Mossley via Northwich Victoria and Witton Albion.

In 2008 he signed for Halifax Town for a season, and then Salford City for the next season, before being lured to Ashton United for his first stint of two seasons.

He returned to Salford in 2010 where he helped them to promotion, before he made the unusual switch to play for Shepparton United in Australia for the summer.

In 2012 he returned to the UK and joined Skelmersdale United, and then in 2014, joined Droylsden for a season.

His second stint at Ashton followed, getting them to the promotion final, and in 2016, he joined Colne, from where he joined Celtic in October, making eight appearances.

Baguley is a free-scoring midfielder who came through the youth and reserve ranks at Oldham Athletic before being released in 2007.

After trials with Altrincham, he joined FC United of Manchester for two seasons, with a summer spell at Mandurah City in Australia.

He made seventy-three appearances and scored 25 goals for FC United and then in 2009, he joined Leigh Genesis with his brother Jamie.

He scored on his debut and went on to score 12 goals in nineteen appearances, despite having joining Salford City briefly.

After leaving FC United, Baguley joined Rossendale United taking over the reigns as co-manager with his brother, before leaving in 2011 to return to playing at New Mills.

He found his goalscoring form again, and joined Ashton United, going onto make 100 appearances for the Robins in two spells, separated by a brief stint at Ramsbottom United.

Last season he scored 13 goals for Ashton and had only signed for Celtic in early January, making four appearances.

French-born Da Silva joined Celtic in November from Yzeure in the French Fourth division, their top amateur league.

He had played for Yzeure since 2013 when he joined them from Macon.

He started his career at Louhans-Csx in 2010, and has also played for Villefranche.

He made ten appearances for Stalybridge – half from the bench.

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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