Flitcroft lands top striker

Photo Ian Robinson'Ciaran Kilheeney during the Southport v Ilkeston Town Blue Square North match at Haig Avenue, Southport

Photo Ian Robinson'Ciaran Kilheeney during the Southport v Ilkeston Town Blue Square North match at Haig Avenue, Southport

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CHORLEY FC boss Garry Flitcroft has shown a statement of the club’s intent for promotion after sealing the signing of one of the most prolific strikers in non-league.

The Magpies boss has snapped up Droylsden hitman Ciaran Kilheeney – after some local businesses helped stump up the cash.

The 28-year-old forward has been one of the most consistent goalscorers in BlueSq North over the last few years, regularly finishing near the top of the scoring charts.

Garry said: “This is a major signing for the club and I’m over the moon that Ciaran has decided to join us.

“I’ve been tracking him for a while and to finally get him on board is a real boost for our promotion push.

“He’s got an outstanding goal record in the league above our own and he’s joining us at the peak of his career.”

Kilheeney, started his career at Flitcroft’s former club Manchester City before going on to play for Exeter City.

Also on his CV included spells with Mossley, Radcliffe Borough and Ashton United, before signing for Burscough.

After two goal-filled seasons at Burscough – he scored 20 times to fire the Linnets to promotion in 2007, before finishing joint top marksman in the Conference North at the end of the following campaign.

He also played for Southport before moving to Droylsden in 2010, where he bagged 35 league goals in just under two seasons in BlueSq North.

Garry, who confirmed the club had paid a small undisclosed fee for the player, added: “This move has only been made possible thanks to the help of several local businesses.

“Servicesport and local businessman Ian Currie have both pitched in to make this happen and I’d like to personally thank them for their very generous support.”

It comes just days after the Chorley Nissan Group had helped in tying up a deal to bring exciting midfielder Ashley Parillon to Victory Park.