FC United of Manchester have announced that midfielder Harry Winter has left Broadhurst Park to sign for Vanarama National League North neighbours and rivals Stockport County.
Twenty-seven-year-old Winter played sixty times for FC United, scoring 6 goals since signing from Chorley in November 2015.
In his full league debut away at Nuneaton Town, Winter scored in a vital 2-2 draw to put an end to a seven-match losing streak in the league.
FC United boss Karl Marginson said: “I’ve known Harry for a number of years so was delighted when we signed him last season at a time when we were going through a tough patch. It took him no time to get settled in and he immediately made the role of midfield general his own.
“Harry has been magnificent for us over the last two seasons and we’re extremely sorry to see him go. He’s a quality, dedicated, hardworking team player who possesses great energy and physical presence. This was shown in abundance when he grabbed us that vital last minute win away a Gainsborough in December this season. I’d like thank Harry for his contribution to the team and wish him all the very best at Stockport.”
Winter was a non-contract player at FC United, as Marginson explained: “Both parties were happy to continue the arrangement on a pay-as-you-play basis. However, the offer that Stockport made was something that Harry could not turn down and as a club we will not stand in anyone’s way if a player wishes progress their career elsewhere.
“Harry leaves us on very good terms, and said it was a hard decision to leave”.