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Stockport County’s bid for safety boosted by experienced double strike signing

By Pippa Field

Stockport County have bolstered their attack by swooping for experienced former Manchester City striker Jon Macken and on-loan Hull City man Mark Cullen.

Former Republic of Ireland attacker Macken– released by Walsall at the end of last season– signs on a non-contract having trained with the Hatters this week.

The 35-year-old, who was once signed for £5 million by Kevin Keegan at Manchester City in 2002, made more than 180 appearances for Preston North End.

Although only scoring seven goals in 51 appearances, the popular figure is remembered for grabbing his side’s second goal in their 4-1 victory over rivals Manchester United in 2004.

He also scored the winner in the Blues famous 4-3 comeback FA Cup win against Tottenham Hotspur in the same year.

The much travelled attacker has also had spells at Crystal Palace, Ipswich Town, Derby County and Barnsley, and Walsall.

Meanwhile new manager Darije Kalezic has also nabbed young Hull City striker Mark Cullen on a month’s loan, subject to approval.

The 20-year-old, who progressed through the Tigers youth system, had been on loan at Bury earlier this season.

Highly-rated England youth international Jake Fowler has joined the Hatters on a month’s loan from Championship outfit Middlesbrough.

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