Bulls Bring In Connor

Fri 01 Mar 2013
Author: Jamie Griffiths

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Martin Foyle has signed Stockport County defender Joe Connor on a month-long loan deal.

"James can play at centre-back, central midfield and right-back, which is a great strength for us with such a small squad," Foyle told the Official Hereford United Website.

"He's got a great attitude and will be ready to go straight into the squad for us on the weekend."

Joe featured 24 times for County under Jim Gannon during the first half of the season, and was made club captain. However, the Stockport-born stopper has fallen out of favour since the arrival of current County boss Darije Kalezić towards the end of January and has yet to feature under his new manager.

The 26-year-old follows a family tradition in donning Stockport's colours. His grandfather Jack Connor is in the Hatters' hall of fame as the club's all-time record scorer, scoring 140 goals, including 13 hat-tricks, from 1951-55.

His father Jack also played for the Edgeley Park outfit in the 1970s, while uncles Joe Connor and Patrick Whelan have also been on the club's books.

When he was 18, Joe moved to the United States and played for Lee University in Tennessee before he signed a professional contract with Charlotte Eagles, making his professional debut in August 2008 against Cleveland City Stars.

He signed for the Hatters on non-contract terms, making his debut against Alfreton Town in December 2011 and helping County keep a clean sheet.

He bagged his first goal in a home win over Barrow a month later, and did not have long to wait to get on the score-sheet again, netting in a 2-2 draw away at Braintree Town.

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