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MATCH PREVIEW | Chorley FC V Marine

The Magpies entertain Marine on Saturday in the first round proper of the Buildbase FA Trophy, with Matt Jansen’s side looking to progress to the last 32 of the competition for the first time in three seasons, writes Alex Birch.

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Exclusive: Magpies Make Double Swoop

Chorley FC have made two new signings in the last few weeks as the Magpies hope to push up the table into play-off contention. Keil O’Brien and Darren Stephenson both join the Evo-Stik Premier League side and talk exclusively to Josh Vosper.

O’Brien who signed from Mossley said, " I can’t wait to start. After meeting all the players they seem really nice along with the management staff. Speaking to Garry and his ambitions for the club and my aims as an individual that’s what persuaded me to move to Chorley."

The 6ft 4in centre half that had been a first team regular at Steel Park this season added "I started off at Manchester United when I was a kid but things didn’t work out for me so decided to move on. That’s when I found my first non-league club Glossop North End who was in the North West Counties, soon after I signed for Northwich Victoria. Age went against me a little bit at Vics as I needed to learn the game more and that’s why I ended up at Mossley. Enjoyed it there tremendously, great people, great club and hopefully it’ll be the same for me at Victory Park."

Darren Stephenson has also joined Chorley – a player who needs no introduction to Magpie fans. The 19-year-old has been signed on a permanent deal from Southport and hopes to recapture the goal scoring form he had at the start of the season. He said "I’m very happy to be back at Chorley FC. Results aren’t going our way at the moment but we’ve got to stick together as a team. I enjoyed my time at Southport but wasn’t getting played as often as I’d like. It’s good coming back, especially playing with a great set of lads. The ambition at the moment is to move us up the table and score goals.

"I started my career playing at Bradford City but sadly got injured and couldn’t play for the rest of the season. Things then changed with the club getting a new manager and other aspects that made me move to Southport. The manager then said I needed games so that’s when I went to Victory Park on loan.

He added, "I’ll be good to get the ball down and play, which suits me. I think Garry is a great manager and he’s told the lads to keep their heads up and eventually we will start winning, which will breed confidence. At the moment I think we are one of the best teams in the league to be fair, with great talent in the dressing room. Hopefully we’ll soon push up and get into a play-off spot."

Keil O'Brien signs for Chorley FC with Director Graham Watkinson (left) and Secretary Harold Taylor (right)

Magpie In The Spotlight ...

DEFENDER

Waqas joined the Magpies ahead of the 2016/17 seasonn following a successful trial during pre-season.

The former Burnely youth player came through the ranks at Turf Moor, earning a professional contract after captaining their under 18's team.

He was released by Burnley inthe summer of 2015 and joined North West Counties side Nelson, from where he joined the Magpies.

FORMER CLUBS: Burnley, Nelson

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