Stockport County sign Connor Hampson from Curzon Ashton

STOCKPORT COUNTY have completed the signing of Connor Hampson from National League North rivals CURZON ASHTON.

Even though both County and Curzon announced on their own club websites on Saturday that a deal had been agreed, County boss Jim Gannon said after the Hatters’ 1-1 draw at Alfreton that the Nash had jumped the gun.

“It’s a bit premature of Curzon,” he said. “It’s not a done deal and nothing’s been signed. We’re in the process of making him an offer. He was on non-contract, which is always surprising at this level, and we’re looking to strengthen the left side of the pitch.”

But County confirmed on Twitter on Monday that Hampson, 24, had signed with the Hatters, bringing an end to his 6-year spell with Curzon.

The left-sided defender, who can also play centre-midfield, was one of John Flanagan’s first signings when he took charge of Curzon in 2011 and has been a regular since, helping the Nash to back-to-back promotions.

“I’d like to wish Connor all the best,” said Flanagan. “He has been a great servant for the club.

“He was 16 when he played for me at Mossley and he’s been with me ever since. I can’t thank him enough for all of his efforts.

“The fact he missed a season with an horrific injury and came back even stronger is a true reflection of his character.”

Hampson could make his County debut in Saturday’s league derby at home to FC United, and the club has advised fans that tickets will not be available on the day. Tickets can be purchased via phone or at the club shop during the week. It’s open Mon-Fri, 12-4pm. For full details click here.