The permanent capture of loan ranger is a must

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After a slow start to the season, Stockport are moving in the right direction after another good result which now sees Paul Simpson's men unbeaten in their last three matches.

The 1-0 victory over Oxford at the weekend came thanks to top scorer George Donnelly, who netted his fifth goal of the season as he headed an Adam Griffin cross home to give the Hatters the win. It was a win mostly against the run of play as Oxford dominated the match, but it is the result that matters and after a draw at home to Bradford last week, these were a most welcome three points.

Maybe Stockport will play a whole lot better in future matches and lose games, but for now it is all about building confidence in this new team and one man who is flying with confidence at the moment is on loan striker George Donnelly.

He is hoping that the club can leave the woes of last season behind them, and also this season's early problems, to go on and have a real push for promotion even if he has to leave the club at the end of December.

Paul Simpson would love to tie George down on a longer contract at the club, and if the boy is enjoying his football then maybe this is something that should be looked at sooner rather than later! Stockport need players like Donnelly, a player in form and a player who just loves to play football. More importantly, he loves to score goals.

The club have two matches coming up against Aldershot and Accrington next week both within a three day period and both at home. These are the matches that the Hatters will be looking to win against the clubs within touching distance either side in League Two.

At the moment the club is sitting in 12th position which, considering their poor start and all the off-field problems, is not too bad. Keeping Donnelly is a must for most Stockport County fans, and adding to the squad where possible would strengthen are chances of challenging for the play-offs this term.

No-one would have given the club much of a chance before the season started, when all the doom and gloom merchants watched the dark clouds above Edgeley Park, but maybe with grit, determination and good luck, the club can rise again.

This month the club welcomed two new Directors on board, Ken Graham and Mike Clark, both of who have been involved with the club since 2001. Sean Connolly, who came to the club with the objective of saving Stockport from extinction, which he thankfully did, has left however.

Ken and Mike are wished all the very best in their new roles with the club, and we also wish Sean all the very best for the future and thank him for saving the club.

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