By Steven Oldham, Sports Correspondent
Stockport County pair Carl Piergianni and Cameron Darkwah are to leave the club at the end of the month when their contracts expire.
Centre back Piergianni, 20, and 19-year-old striker Darkwah will become free agents after they chose not to sign new deals offered by the Blue Square Premier side in the summer.
FA regulations state that if a player that has been offered a new contract, fails to join another club, then the original club are obligated to re-engage the player on his original terms until August 31st.
Due to County’s financial position, the club now say they are not in a position to offer either player a new deal.
Director of football James Gannon said: “Naturally I am disappointed at the circumstances that have led to the current expiration of both player’s contracts, but my overriding concern is that I must continue to be mindful of our financial responsibility to bring the playing budget to within a sustainable level.
On behalf of everyone at Stockport County I would like to thank both players for the service they have given under my management and on behalf of the club. We wish them every success in the careers as they move forward”
Piergianni emerged as one of Dietmar Hamann’s better signings after joining the club last summer on a free transfer having started his career at Peterborough United.
He missed only a handful of games as the Hatters fought off relegation, and has made 41 appearances for the club, scoring four goals.
Darkwah – from Miles Platting – began his career at County, making his first team debut in 2010. He scored twice for The Hatters, with his first coming earlier this year against Kettering. He also spent time at Mossley and FC Halifax on loan.
Cameron commented on his Twitter profile that it was not his decision to leave the club. Both he and Piergianni now face the unenviable task of finding a new club in season.
The announcement comes one day before Friday Night Football returns to Edgeley Park. Both players are still available for tomorrow night’s game vs Gateshead, where County will look to return to winning ways following last Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Tamworth.
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