Hall is well for striker Connor at the Magpies: Forward signs new deal with Chorley

Chorley marksman Connor Hall feels like he has found a home from home after agreeing to extend his stay at Victory Park.

Friday, 23rd April 2021, 8:00 am

The 23-year-old goal poacher re-joined the Magpies on loan a few games into last season, having a spent a temporary period with the club during the previous campaign.

A former professional at Sheffield United and Bolton Wanderers – where he barely got a look in – Hall was looking to lay down some roots after several loans spells at different clubs and a somewhat nomadic existence over the past five years.

He certainly felt settled at Chorley last season and the move was soon made permanent by boss Jamie Vermiglio after a string of impressive goalscoring performances.

Connor Hall celebrates scoring against Derby County in FA Cup (photo: Stefan Willoughby)

Hall was integral to the Magpies’ remarkable run in the FA Cup where they reached the fourth round proper.

In the first round, he hit the winner as the National League North outfit came from 2-0 down to beat 2013 winners Wigan Athletic 3-2 at the DW Stadium.

Hall was at it again in the following round as his superb finish sparked another comeback victory against Peterborough United – who incidentally look odds on to win promotion to the Championship – at London Road.

It was a header from Hall which set Chorley on the way to a 2-0 success over a Covid-19 hit Derby County in the third round at Victory Park.

Eventually, the Magpies’ cup run came to an end against Premier League Wolves, who left Duke Street mightily relieved after a tight 1-0 victory.

The cup run also ran in tandem with some good results in the league, as Vermiglio’s men rose from the bottom of the table to the cusp of the play-offs before the season was ultimately curtailed due to a dispute over funding in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I am delighted to be fair,” said Hall, who has been joined by skipper Scott Leather, defender Andy Halls and Andy Owens, who have also committed their futures to the club.

“I was really looking forward to completing a full season because I have not actually played a full season with one club in men’s football before.

“So I am looking forward to next season even more and hopefully winning promotion. I one-hundred-per-cent feel like I have found a home at Chorley. I get on well with my team-mates , the staff – the gaffer has been really good to me off the pitch.

“We had such a good season with the FA Cup and I am just looking forward to getting back to training and getting ready for the start of the season in August.

“At the moment I am enjoying a little bit of time off but still trying to stay fit so that when we do come back, I’ll still be sharp.”

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