Stockport Sports are delighted to announce that they have clinched the signing of former England C International Mike Tomlinson. 32 year old central defender Tomlinson is vastly experienced and can count Vauxhall Motors, Burscough, Runcorn and Warrington Town among his former clubs. Tomlinson has appeared in a number of leagues beneath the football league and his impressive displays at that level led to his selection for the England Semi-Professional side, for which he holds the record for number of appearances.
Tomlinson, whose strength and experience is just what The Saxons need in the centre of their defence, is of course well known to assistant manager Joey Dunn, the pair linking up during Dunn's spell at Warrington Town. Dunn spoke to The Saxons media team about the new signing;
Mike is the kind of player that any successful club requires, his dependable level of performance every week, fantastic experience and leadership qualities will certainly benefit the whole squad in terms of how to play and conduct themselves both on and off the pitch. Mike is a non-league International with many non-league football honours to his name, he is a fantastic competitor as genuine as they come and will push those around him to improve.
The club needs to have players of Mike’s calibre in as many positions as possible and he won’t accept others not coming up to the correct standards all over the pitch. I am really happy and excited to bring him on board and his keenness to play and get involved is great news for everyone at Stockport Sports FC.
Tomlinson himself added that he joined the club because he can see the potential going forward both on and off the pitch and these ambitions match my own personal targets and goals. I enjoy the challenges that football brings and through my experience I hope to help players move forward and improve, along with my desire to win and see the plans unfold is why I have joined the club.
In asking what the club can achieve in the near future Mike replied with “I would be disappointed not to be challenging at the top of the table in a few weeks, getting the team to settle and gel is important as I know it is a new team but along with the help from Peter & Joey we will be heading in the right direction for sure.
Organisation, leadership and knowledge at this level of football is key for the squad to develop, installing confidence in the players and guiding them in the right direction both on and off the pitch are invaluable lessons to help match the professional setup the club strives to achieve.
Everyone at the club is looking forward to seeing Mike make his Saxons debut so be sure to attend this weekend’s Home game against Ashton Athletic.