Alex Curran completed his move to National League side Stockport County on Tuesday afternoon for an undisclosed fee from Lancashire-based side Colne. Curran has been an excellent player for Steven Cunningham’s side in his two-year spell.
Curran found the net 21 times in 44 appearances during the 2018/19 campaign, and 22 times in the previous campaign in 46 appearances as Colne’s top scorer and talisman. Colne and manager Steven Cunningham took Curran ‘under their wing’ after the 20-year old was released by Blackburn Rovers.
Cunningham speaks extremely highly of Curran and his abilities, and the Colne FC manager quite openly says that “We’ll never see a player like Alex Curran at Colne Football Club.”
In his two-year spell at the Lancashire-based club, Curran was voted the Evo-Stik West Young Player of the Year for two consecutive seasons, and he was the only player from that level to be named in the overall Evo-Stik team of the year for all divisions including the Premier League for 2018/2019. Curran also picked up the Colne FC Player of the Year award for the 2018/19 season.
Stockport County manager Jim Gannon was delighted in securing the services of Alex Curran as he spoke with the club’s website.
“I think it is significant that Alex is my first signing of this pre-season. He is the type of player that encourages me with both his personal and professional qualities.
“He came out of a top League club and must have felt lost, but he never gave up on himself or the game and got back in at Colne FC. That appetite for football and commitment to be part of the game is a great quality I’ve always admired. It was in Ashley Williams, Liam Dickinson and Anthony Pilkingtons after they had to find their way through lower non-league to have that second chance.
“Added to that, Alex has shown great quality and very loyal service and commitment to his club. His record is second-to-none for a 20-year-old at that level, but it is his personal qualities and attitude to his club that is also a breath of fresh air for a younger player.
“I didn’t need a scout or agent to tell me that Alex needed a chance at a higher level, it came from the managers of other clubs that have seen him in action. I guess they respect what type of coach I am and I respect their opinion on players. Along each step, there has been nothing but positive feedback on Alex.
“Alex strikes me as the type of player that is driven for both his club and himself. The step up to the National League level is a big ask for many of our players, including Alex, but I’m confident that he will become a valuable part of our team.
Curran’s former team-mates, and management staff were full of praise and admiration for the 20-year old in a fantastic two-year spell for the Lancashire-based club.