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Impressive New Recruits for Macclesfield
Impressive New Recruits for Macclesfield
Pitching In Northern Premier League Division One West newcomers Macclesfield FC have made several impressive summer signings to date.
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Defender Will Bell joins from new league rivals Bootle.

 

The 27-year-old had been with Bootle since July 2021 after arriving from JD Cymru North side Colwyn Bay.

 

Originally with Morecambe, he joined Bala Town in the summer of 2015 after a loan spell with the Cymru Premier outfit and then had spells with fellow Welsh sides Aberystwyth Town and Rhyl before joining Bay in July 2018.

 

Another defender, Dan Cowan, moves to the Silkmen from Vanarama National League North neighbours Buxton.

 

The 26-year-old helped the Bucks win promotion from the NPL Premier Division last season after joining in January 2022 from Chester.

 

He had signed for the Blues in the summer of 2021 after spells with rivals Curzon Ashton and Guiseley AFC.

 

 

A versatile, he had signed for the Lions in July 2020 from then-National League side Stockport County.

 

He joined County after leaving Macclesfield Town in June 2017 and was a permanent fixture in the first team ever since, making more than 80 appearances for the Hatters.

 

He can play at right-back or centre-half and originally joined Macclesfield after impressing as a youngster at Buxton and New Mills.

 

Highly rated Brazilian goalkeeper Marcelo Pitaluga arrives at the club on a season-long loan from Premier League giants Liverpool.

 

A Brazilian Youth international, he embarked on his career at Fluminense where his stunning rise through the ranks saw him advance into the second team at the tender age of 16.

 

He quickly began to attract the attention of the world’s most illustrious clubs and after being part of the Brazil squad that claimed the FIFA Under-17 World Cup on home soil, this was magnified even further.

 

After Liverpool goalkeeping coach John Achterburg became mesmerised by his stand-out performances and undeniable ability, the Brazilian made the move to Anfield in October 2020 for an initial fee of £1m.

 

This could well rise significantly in the future depending on his progression – yet training alongside the likes of Adrian, Alisson Becker and Caoimhin Kelleher on a daily basis will unquestionably push the 19-year-old towards fulfilling his breath-taking potential.

 

Pitaluga has already made a mark at Anfield, becoming a regular in their under-23 side and was named on the first team bench four times during the 2021/22 campaign.

 

Also strengthening the goalkeeping department is another ex-Liverpool custodian, Joe Mason, who spent the 2021/22 season with the Silkmen’s former North West Counties league rivals Burscough.

 

The 16-year-old came through the youth ranks at Liverpool and spent eight years at Anfield, before being released in the summer of 2020.

 

He then made the move to neighbours Burscough, where he broke into their first team during the 2021/22 campaign – making a string of standout performances during the second half of the season.

 

Alex Curran joins Macclesfield from Vanarama National League North side Curzon Ashton for an undisclosed fee.

 

The 23-year-old midfielder moved to the Nash in the summer of 2021 and made 44 appearances, scoring 13 goals.

 

He had signed from neighbours Stockport County, where he had been since arriving in May 2019 for an undisclosed fee from NPL Division One West side Colne.

 

He joined Colne in 2017 following his release from SkyBet Championship outfit Blackburn Rovers and went on to represent the Reds 87 times in all competitions, scoring 43 goals.

 

Pacey winger Harry Bower, who can also operate centrally, arrives at Moss Rose from National League North side AFC Telford United.

 

The 21-year-old signed for the Bucks after a successful trial in 2020.

 

Hailing from Wem, he is a former England Colleges international and was previously at the academy at Cymru Premier outfit The New Saints.

 

He had a loan spell at FC Oswestry Town during the 2019/20 season and spent time on loan with Southern Premier Division Central outfit Barwell in 2021/22.

 

The best known of Macclesfield’s new recruits is former Manchester United starlet Zeki Fryers (pictured).

 

The now 29-year-old returns north from National League South side Welling United.

 

He had been with the Wings since April 2022 joining as a free agent having left then-National League Stockport County, where he had been since September 2021.

 

The left-sided defender, who has represented England at under-16, 17 and under-19 level, joined his home-town club after leaving League Two side Swindon Town in the summer of 2021 after two years at the County Ground and brings with him vast experience.

 

He first came through the academy ranks at Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson, making his senior debut for the side in a 3-0 League Cup victory over Leeds United in 2011.

 

He made his Champions League debut that same season off the bench, before making his Premier League bow in a 4-1 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford - all at the age of 19.

 

He left Old Trafford in 2012 at the end of his contract, moving abroad to join Belgian side Standard Liege, where he spent six months, making 7 appearances, before returning to England to join Tottenham Hotspur in January 2013.

 

He went on to make a further 7 Premier League appearances during an 18-month spell at White Hart Lane.

 

In 2014 he joined Crystal Palace for an undisclosed fee, spending three years at Selhurst Park whilst also enjoying spells out on loan at Rotherham United and Ipswich Town in the Championship.

 

He has since had spells at Barnsley and Swindon Town, who he helped to promotion from League Two in 2020, making 22 appearances and scoring once.

 

Midfielder Tre Pemberton arrives from NPL Premier Division side Stafford Rangers.

 

The 23-year-old had moved to Rangers in October 2021 from league rivals FC United of Manchester where he had been since October 2020.

 

He was released by Championship side Stoke City in the summer of 2020.

 

The pacey player joined Stoke from Blackburn Rovers' youth ranks in 2017 and was a regular at under-23 level, catching the eye in the Checkatrade Trophy.

 

 

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Impressive New Recruits for Macclesfield
Impressive New Recruits for Macclesfield
Wednesday 20 July 22 I 11:55:38
Photo by

Defender Will Bell joins from new league rivals Bootle.

 

The 27-year-old had been with Bootle since July 2021 after arriving from JD Cymru North side Colwyn Bay.

 

Originally with Morecambe, he joined Bala Town in the summer of 2015 after a loan spell with the Cymru Premier outfit and then had spells with fellow Welsh sides Aberystwyth Town and Rhyl before joining Bay in July 2018.

 

Another defender, Dan Cowan, moves to the Silkmen from Vanarama National League North neighbours Buxton.

 

The 26-year-old helped the Bucks win promotion from the NPL Premier Division last season after joining in January 2022 from Chester.

 

He had signed for the Blues in the summer of 2021 after spells with rivals Curzon Ashton and Guiseley AFC.

 

 

A versatile, he had signed for the Lions in July 2020 from then-National League side Stockport County.

 

He joined County after leaving Macclesfield Town in June 2017 and was a permanent fixture in the first team ever since, making more than 80 appearances for the Hatters.

 

He can play at right-back or centre-half and originally joined Macclesfield after impressing as a youngster at Buxton and New Mills.

 

Highly rated Brazilian goalkeeper Marcelo Pitaluga arrives at the club on a season-long loan from Premier League giants Liverpool.

 

A Brazilian Youth international, he embarked on his career at Fluminense where his stunning rise through the ranks saw him advance into the second team at the tender age of 16.

 

He quickly began to attract the attention of the world’s most illustrious clubs and after being part of the Brazil squad that claimed the FIFA Under-17 World Cup on home soil, this was magnified even further.

 

After Liverpool goalkeeping coach John Achterburg became mesmerised by his stand-out performances and undeniable ability, the Brazilian made the move to Anfield in October 2020 for an initial fee of £1m.

 

This could well rise significantly in the future depending on his progression – yet training alongside the likes of Adrian, Alisson Becker and Caoimhin Kelleher on a daily basis will unquestionably push the 19-year-old towards fulfilling his breath-taking potential.

 

Pitaluga has already made a mark at Anfield, becoming a regular in their under-23 side and was named on the first team bench four times during the 2021/22 campaign.

 

Also strengthening the goalkeeping department is another ex-Liverpool custodian, Joe Mason, who spent the 2021/22 season with the Silkmen’s former North West Counties league rivals Burscough.

 

The 16-year-old came through the youth ranks at Liverpool and spent eight years at Anfield, before being released in the summer of 2020.

 

He then made the move to neighbours Burscough, where he broke into their first team during the 2021/22 campaign – making a string of standout performances during the second half of the season.

 

Alex Curran joins Macclesfield from Vanarama National League North side Curzon Ashton for an undisclosed fee.

 

The 23-year-old midfielder moved to the Nash in the summer of 2021 and made 44 appearances, scoring 13 goals.

 

He had signed from neighbours Stockport County, where he had been since arriving in May 2019 for an undisclosed fee from NPL Division One West side Colne.

 

He joined Colne in 2017 following his release from SkyBet Championship outfit Blackburn Rovers and went on to represent the Reds 87 times in all competitions, scoring 43 goals.

 

Pacey winger Harry Bower, who can also operate centrally, arrives at Moss Rose from National League North side AFC Telford United.

 

The 21-year-old signed for the Bucks after a successful trial in 2020.

 

Hailing from Wem, he is a former England Colleges international and was previously at the academy at Cymru Premier outfit The New Saints.

 

He had a loan spell at FC Oswestry Town during the 2019/20 season and spent time on loan with Southern Premier Division Central outfit Barwell in 2021/22.

 

The best known of Macclesfield’s new recruits is former Manchester United starlet Zeki Fryers (pictured).

 

The now 29-year-old returns north from National League South side Welling United.

 

He had been with the Wings since April 2022 joining as a free agent having left then-National League Stockport County, where he had been since September 2021.

 

The left-sided defender, who has represented England at under-16, 17 and under-19 level, joined his home-town club after leaving League Two side Swindon Town in the summer of 2021 after two years at the County Ground and brings with him vast experience.

 

He first came through the academy ranks at Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson, making his senior debut for the side in a 3-0 League Cup victory over Leeds United in 2011.

 

He made his Champions League debut that same season off the bench, before making his Premier League bow in a 4-1 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford - all at the age of 19.

 

He left Old Trafford in 2012 at the end of his contract, moving abroad to join Belgian side Standard Liege, where he spent six months, making 7 appearances, before returning to England to join Tottenham Hotspur in January 2013.

 

He went on to make a further 7 Premier League appearances during an 18-month spell at White Hart Lane.

 

In 2014 he joined Crystal Palace for an undisclosed fee, spending three years at Selhurst Park whilst also enjoying spells out on loan at Rotherham United and Ipswich Town in the Championship.

 

He has since had spells at Barnsley and Swindon Town, who he helped to promotion from League Two in 2020, making 22 appearances and scoring once.

 

Midfielder Tre Pemberton arrives from NPL Premier Division side Stafford Rangers.

 

The 23-year-old had moved to Rangers in October 2021 from league rivals FC United of Manchester where he had been since October 2020.

 

He was released by Championship side Stoke City in the summer of 2020.

 

The pacey player joined Stoke from Blackburn Rovers' youth ranks in 2017 and was a regular at under-23 level, catching the eye in the Checkatrade Trophy.

 

 

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