All change at Chorley

Nathan Fairhurst for Chorley in their game against Burscough
Nathan Fairhurst for Chorley in their game against Burscough

It’s been all change at Chorley FC with three players leaving, one arriving, and a fifth asking to move.

The arrival is exciting left-winger Matt Walwyn, who joins the club from Skelmersdale United, and scored on his debut against Ashton on Saturday.

However, Lee McEvilly, goalkeeper Chris Haworth and Nathan Fairhurst have all moved on, while Shelton Payne has gone on the transfer list.

Manager Garry Flitcroft said: “I’d like to thank Macca, Chris and Nathan for their contributions.

“Chris and Nathan were part of our promotion success last season, and they never let me down when they were called upon.

“Unfortunately, both have struggled to pin down regular places in the side this season, largely because of the form of others in the squad. For that reason I’ve decided to let them go.

“Macca has also done well for us since joining in the summer, but with Fozzie now fit again after a hamstring injury, I couldn’t guarantee him a regular starting place.”

New signing Walwyn, 20, shot to fame when he scored twice at Wembley – aged just 17 – to help AFC Fylde lift the FA Vase in 2008.

After leaving Fylde at the end of last season, Walwyn had a brief spell on trial with Southport, before signing for Skelmersdale, where he scored 11 goals in seven games prior to his move to Victory Park.

Flitcroft said: “Matt’s got a decent scoring record, and I think he will give us something different.

“Southport boss Liam Watson gave him a glowing recommendation, and he certainly made his mark at Skem.”

Flitcroft has agreed to transfer list winger Shelton Payne, following a request from the player.

The manager said: “Shelton approached me several weeks ago and asked for a move for personal reasons.

“It appears he wants to move back to Wales, so I’ve reluctantly agreed to put him on the transfer list.

“He has done well for us, and there’s no doubt he’s a matchwinner on his day. However if he wants to leave, I am prepared to let him go if we receive an acceptable offer.”