FC United are delighted to announce that we have agreed terms with 23 year old striker Dan Cockerline, originally from Warrington, and who joins us from AFC Liverpool having scored 22 times in 26 appearances.
The news of Dan joining was once again broken exclusively by FCUM Radio, and Ben Hughes caught up with Dan to find out what he had made of the move to FC: "I'm really excited to get going, I buzzing to sign for FC and just can't wait to get started. I had a really good season with AFC Liverpool and I think a lot of that was down to me really enjoying my football, the manager there Chris Anderson was brilliant and just said to me go out and express yourself and it was what I needed, the performances followed and it was a great time.
I got a call off Brian Richardson and my first question was about the dressing room, I know everyone first thinks about the fans and how amazing they are, as well as the players and the infrastructure of the club but for me it was a question of 'Am I coming into the right dressing room, is it a good set of lads'? and Brian and Reno said they're a really close set of lads which is vital for me.
The connection with the fans looking from the outside is amazing, the rapport the fans have with the players is something that is really appetising for me so when I got the call from Brian I was buzzing that the interest was there and just wanted to get it done. Reno couldn't show me around Broadhurst because of the situation so he sent me a load of Youtube videos and I'd already seen loads of them, looking at the atmosphere and thinking to myself 'yeah, I fancy a bit of that, it looks incredible'.
In terms of what to expect from me on the pitch I'm a big lad at 6'4" but I'm mobile and a good mover, and I pride myself on scoring goals but I get the best out of people around me, I enjoy linking up with people and while scoring goals is great, if you're winning games and you're contributing to the team as a whole then that's just as satisfying, I think I'll get the best out of the people around me and let's go one better and win the title this season."
Also speaking to Ben, Manager Neil Reynolds was delighted with the acquisition of Dan: "He is a real presence at 6'4" and he's quick, people will look at his height and think he's a target man or we're looking for a long ball option but that's not the case. he's comfortable receiving the ball and going in behind, he's a really quick lad and gives us another option; there were times last season when we could have probably done with resting Tunde but we couldn't and had to coax him through games.
Dan is a really level-headed lad, he started his football career at Sheffield United from 16-18, then played for Barrow in the National League, and Southport before playing for his previous club where he rediscovered his love of the game, he's football rather than money driven and he's desperate to do well for FC. The key thing for him was going into a good dressing room and he'll get that here and the fans will really take to him."
Dan will be joining up with the team as soon as it's safe and in the meantime we'll be catching up with him to see how he's getting on with the 'Bring Sally Up' Challenge!
Dan is sponsored by 'FC United Stockport Branch' - if you would like to sponsor a player for the forthcoming season then downloand our brochure by clicking here