Chesterfield Add 17-Goal Striker To Their Ranks

Following the confirmation of Chesterfield‘s inevitable promotion from the National League, the Derbyshire side have wasted no time delving into the free market. Stockport County‘s top goalscorer last season, Paddy Madden, has joined the Spireites.

The 34-year-old’s contract was surprisingly not renewed with Stockport, despite a very successful season which culminated in the Greater Manchester side achieving promotion to League One for the first time in 14 years. 17 goals and five assists in the league, provided some pivotal moments and crucial points for County in their remarkable campaign. His new suitors will be hopeful of a similar spell in the upcoming seasons at the club.

Madden joined Stockport in March 2021 and has appeared over 150 times for the club, accumulating 65 goals during his stay. The prolific striker has made 655 official appearances so far in his career and seemingly isn’t close to being done yet. The agreement between the two clubs centres around a two-year deal following the 34-year-old’s expiring contract.

Speaking to 1866 Sport, Madden explained his feelings after putting pen to paper with Chesterfield:

“I’m buzzing to get the deal done. It’s a massive club that I’ve always enjoyed playing against. The supporters have always followed the club fantastically. 

“As soon as Paul Cook rang me, I knew I wanted to come and play for him and the club. He’s always been a brilliant manager.

“Obviously I won League Two with Stockport last season but who knows, what’s to say we can’t do it again. Football is about winning and I want to win football games, that’s what this club and manager do.

“I’m so excited to be here and I can’t wait to get going.”

In an emotional farewell letter to the Stockport faithful on X, Madden had some words for the fans and everyone around the club following his three-year spell. The letter read:

“Stockport County, thank you so much for an amazing 3 years, me and my family have loved every minute of it. Being your captain was an honour. To play a part in getting such a big club back in the EFL and then into League One has given me memories I will never forget.”

Writer’s View

The former County captain has been nothing short of classy with his departure from the club. A new challenge with Chesterfield is surely very tempting and another campaign in League Two, at the age of 34, could be the perfect next step.

With Chesterfield gaining momentum in the transfer market, on the back of their scintillating National League campaign, this is a statement signing with real intent of a back-to-back promotion push. There is no doubt that Madden will go down as a legend at Stockport, and he may replicate some of his most pivotal moments similarly in his new Chesterfield shirt.

 

 

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