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Nick MEACE

Position: DEFENDER/MIDFIELDER

Former clubs: Wigan Athletic

Signed toward the end of the 2010/11 pre-season buildup, Nick made his debut as a subsutiutue in the six goal victory over Woodley Sports.

He started as a junior with Manchester United, but after just one season he moved onto Blackburn Rovers, from where he joined Wigan in 2007.

Although from Smithills in Bolton, he has been offered Polish citizenship by their FA due to his grandmother being from the country.

LEFT THE CLUB IN EARLY SEPTEMBER 2011 JOIN RADLIFFE BOROUGH

Mark HOUGHTON

Position: FORWARD

Former clubs: Southport, Skelmersdale United

Mark was Garry Flitcroft's first non-Leigh signing during the summer of 2010.

A highly rated young striker who played Conference North football for Southport in 2007/08 after progressing through their successful PASE academ.

In his two season at Skem he bagged around 40 goals at a strike rate of a goal every two games.

LEFT THE CLUB JUST AFTER THE START OF THE 2011/12 SEASON

APPEARANCES 36, GOALS 4

Jordan STEPIEN

Position: FORWARD

Former clubs: Bury, Nuneaton Borough, Burscough, Leigh Genesis

Jordan is a young and gifted striker signed who switched from Leigh shortly after Garry Flitcroft made the same move.

Garry said on signing Jordan: “Jordan scored twenty-odd goals for Leigh last season and he missed the last eight games with an injury. Had he stayed fit, we probably would have made the play-offs."

WAS RELEASED DURING THE SUMMER 2011

Lee WOODYATT

Position: DEFENDER

Former clubs: Chester City, Droylsden, Barrow, Leigh Genesis

A former Welsh Under 19 youth international, Lee joined Chorley from Leigh shortly after Garry Flitcrofts appointment as manager of the Magpies and his displays at right back made his a firm favourite with the supporters.

WAS RELEASED DURING THE SUMMER OF 201

Ryan SMALL

Position: MIDFIELDER

Former clubs: Wigan Robin Park

A young midfielder who made his Magpies debut as a second half substitute in the 6-2 victory over Curzon Ashton at the start of the season.

Lloyd RIGBY

Position: GOALKEEPER

Former clubs: Rochdale, Vauxhall Motors (loan), Stockport County, Radcliffe Borough, Royal Racing Montignee (Belgium)

Lloyd joined Chorley in early December 2010.  Manager Garry Flitcroft was tipped off about his availability and after a successful spell training with the club he signed once international clearance was confirmed.

Josh APPS

Position: MIDFIELDER

Former clubs: Lewes, Tamworth, Atherstone Town

A young midfielder with pace and energy who made his debut for the Magpies against Radcliffe Borough in the League Cup.

Jerome FITZGERALD

Position: DEFENDER

Former clubs: Morecambe, Darwen, Rossendale United, Stalybridge Celtic, Accrington Stanley, Southport, Fleetwood Town, Leigh Genesis, Guiseley

Started his career in Morecambe’s Youth Academy. Had spells with several clubs before winning the UniBond Premier League with Fleetwood Town before joining Guiseley last season.

Signed for the Magpies in early January 2011 on an initial one-month loan and can can play anywhere across the back four. 

Garry said on signing him: “I’m delighted to get Jerome on board. With Wayne Maden still out injured and Andy Russell facing a two-match suspension, it was important to bring someone in with experience because we’ve got some big games coming up.

“Jez has won the Evo-Stik Premier Division with several different clubs so he’s a winner and I’m sure he will be an important figure for us, not just on the pitch but in the dressing room as well.”

When his initial month with the club was about to end, Guisleey agreed to extend the arrangemetn until early April.

Steve ABBOTT

Position: FORWARD

Former Clubs: Wigan Athletic, St Helens Town, Congleton Town, Leigh RMI, Team Bath, Wrexham, The New Saints , AFC Telford United

Signed on loan toward the end of November 2010 to add greater attacking depth to the squad on an initial one month loan from Blue Square North side AFC Telford United.

The 6ft 3in striker made a name for himself as an attacking midfielder for Team Bath, netting 30 times in 80 appearances before signing a two year pro contract at Wrexham.  Joined Telford during the summer of 2010.

Garry said on signing him: "“With Matt Jansen facing a three-match ban, it was important to get an extra body in for what will be a busy period.

“Steve is a big, powerful presence and, after speaking to Andy Sinton at Telford and Dean Saunders at Wrexham, he comes highly recommended.“He’s 6ft 3in and has spent most of his career playing at a higher level so he gives me another good option.”

STEVE'S MONTH ON LOAN COINCIDED WITH BAD WEATHER AND SO MADE JUST A SINGLE APPEARANCE BEFORE RETURNING TO TELFORD

Aaron REY

Position: FORWARD

Former clubs: Marine, Cammell Laird, Skelmersdale United, Prescot Cables

The Magpies beat off the challenge of three clubs higher up the non-league pyramid to secure the services of Aaron Rey from Prescot cables in mid-October 2010.

An exciting talent who had already scored six First Division North goals for the Cables prior to his switch to Victory Park.

His style of play brings a different dimension to the Chorley attack, speaking on his signing, manager Garry Flitcroft said:

"Three clubs from the Evo-Stik Premier were also competing for his signature but he’s decided to come here because he recognizes this is a club with huge potential.

“We needed to bring someone in upfront and Aaron fits the bill perfectly. He’s a target man and his style of play will give me a different option.

“I’ve watched him three times this season and on each occasion he’s really impressed me. "He’s strong, he’s quick, he’s very direct and he knows how to finish.”

JOINED COLWYN BAY IN MID JANUARY 2011 AFTER JUST ONE GOAL IN EIGHT APPEARANCES

Chris SIMM

Position: Forward

Former clubs: Leigh RMI, Wrexham, Hyde United, Southport

Chris brings energy and endeavour to the forward line, as well as goals and joined the Magpies on loan from Southport in mid September 2010 after turning down a permanent transfer to Chester FC after a fee had been agreed between the two clubs.

The 26-year old has the ability to wear down opposition defences, and established a reputation as a natural finisher during two goal-filled seasons at Hyde United, where he signed after trialing for Wrexham following three years with Leigh Genesis. Chris, from Lancashire, also boasts the impressive feat of having once scored a six-minute hat-trick and also made a pre-season appearance for the Magpies while in his teens.

CHRIS RETURNED TO SOUTHPORT WHEN HIS LOAN SPELL AT THE CLUB CONCLUDED, HAVING SCORED THREE GOALS IN HIS SIX APPEARANCES FOR THE MAGPIES

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