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Gentle Giant’s Grandson Joins Stalybridge

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Stalybridge Celtic have welcomed Jake Charles to the Evo-Stik League Premier club ahead of the upcoming season.

Born in Leeds but formerly of Huddersfield Town and Barnsley football clubs, Charles impressed in the number 10 position on Tuesday night as Celtic drew 1-1 with Huddersfield Town.

The Wales under-21 international is a versatile forward who can play either on the wing or upfront when required to do so.

Having represented his country at under-17’s, 19’s and most recently at under-21 level, Charles has no doubt inherited some of his grandfather’s ability to play football.

Jake is grandson of John Charles – a Welsh international striker who played for both Leeds and Juventus during a long and successful, career.

Commenting on his side’s latest addition to the squad, manager Steve Burr told his club`s official website: “We have fought off lots of National League and National League North clubs to get Jake’s signature.

“He is young and hungry after being released by Barnsley and will be a great signing for Celtic.”

Charles follows Burr`s earlier recruits Joe Garvin and Matty Wolfenden.

Garvin, 27, finished last season at Evo-Stik North side Colne and formerly played for Stockport County.

Joe Garvin

Burr said of Garvin: “I’m delighted to sign Joe up. He’s a left-sided player, useful across many positions. He has impressed me greatly this pre-season and has experience at this level and above.”

Thirty-year-old Wolfenden joins the club from FC United of Manchester, for whom he played over 300 games, scoring 94 goals in the process.

Matty Wolfenden

Burr said of Wolfenden: “Matty is a great signing. He brings in a lot of experience to our team, playing over 300 games for FC United, some at this level of football, which is key. He will also bring goals as an added option up front”.

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