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Darren Stephenson

Darren Stephenson

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CHORLEY FC frontman Darren Stephenson believes he has what it takes to help the Magpies move up the football pyramid.

The ex-Bradford City striker has just arrived at Victory Park permanently after Garry Flitcroft managed to broker a deal with Southport for the 19-year-old.

Now, he is just excited about the prospect of settling in at Chorley.

He said: “I’m very happy to be back at Chorley FC.

“Results aren’t going our way at the moment but we’ve got to stick together as a team and we’ll kick start the season.

“I enjoyed my time at Southport but wasn’t getting played as often as I’d like. “It’s good coming back, especially playing with a great set of lads.

“I’m looking forward to ending the season on a high with the team.

“The ambition at the moment is to try and get us up and score a few goals to kick start my career.”

Stephenson has yet to hit the back of the net since he came back from Southport.

Earlier this season in his loan spell he hit the back of the net on six occasions.

He said: “I enjoy scoring goals which is what a centre forward needs to do.

“I started my career playing at Bradford City but sadly got injured and couldn’t play for the rest of the season.

“Things then changed with the club getting a new manager and other aspects which made me move to Southport.

“The manager then said I needed games so that’s when I went to Victory Park on loan.”

Stephenson believes he had a good learning curve at Bradford City in League Two.

He said: “When I was at Bradford I was playing with players like Michael Flynn and Steve Williams who taught me quite a bit about the game.

“It was a massive learning curve there, especially being so young but sadly it had to end.”

Stephenson has high hopes for the rest of the season.

“I still think we can get into the play-offs. I played my first game for a while against Ilkeston and it was disappointing to come away empty handed.

“I think Garry is a great manager and at the moment he’s told the lads to keep their heads up and eventually we will start winning which will breed confidence.

“At the moment I think we are one of the best teams in the league to be fair, with great talent in the dressing room.

“Hopefully we’ll soon push up and get into a play-off spot.”

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