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Everton Academy product Callum Connolly has signed for Stockport County after completing 3 years at Blackpool since leaving Finch Farm in 2021.

Connolly holds the record for loan spells completed while he was an Everton player working up through the Academy, where he spent eight years in all. He moved quickly through the Under-18s but his development would stall with the Under-21s, then Under-23s, and he left the club with only one short sub appearance at senior level.

Able to play in either full-back position or in midfield, 19-year-old Connolly was named by manager Roberto Martinez on the Everton substitutes bench for a Premier League clash with Southampton at Goodison Park in April 2016 and acquitted himself well as a second-half substitute for Seamus Coleman in Everton's injury-hit defence. 

Despite being capped by England at U17, U19 and U21 levels, that would be his only senior appearance for the club. He would go on to spend the next five seasons on Everton's books, but increasingly featuring away from Everton on what would become an unprecedented succession of loan spells at Barnsley, Wigan Athletic (2), Ipswich Town, Bolton Wanderers, Lincoln City, and Fleetwood Town (2).

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After leaving Everton in 2021 with just that one sub appearance to his name, he spent 3 years at Bloomfield Road, racking up 108 appearances in all competitions. He left Blackpool in June 2024 as a free agent as his contract expired.

Stockport County boss Dave Challinor said: “To sign someone of Callum’s character, versatility and experience, having played over half of his career in the Championship, is a brilliant coup for the club.

“Versatility on its own probably doesn’t do justice in his case, he can play anywhere across a back four or five, as a defensive midfielder or as an 8, so is a manager’s dream in terms of squad dynamics. He’s worked with members of the backroom staff previously, who were in total agreement on the impact he could have in our group, so personally I’m really looking forward to working with him.

“He had a disappointing back end of last season from his perspective and I know how much he’s looking forward to a fresh start and motivation to really kick on and get back to the levels he’s been at earlier in his career. He comes in at a great age with his peak years in front of him and I’m sure he’ll complement our team as we enter into the exciting challenge ahead of us.”


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Habib Erkan Jr
1 Posted 16/06/2024 at 15:41:47
Wish him the best
John Graham
2 Posted 16/06/2024 at 18:45:58
All the best Callum.
Hope you can help Stockport onto greater things and eventually get back into the Premier.
Jack Convery
3 Posted 17/06/2024 at 05:32:48
Good luck. Let's hope we get Stockport in one of the Cups, so he gets to play a full game at Goodison, before the gates are shut for the last time. (Sob).
David Bromwell
4 Posted 17/06/2024 at 07:43:49
Lovely words from his new Manager, "is a managers dream in terms of squad dynamics ". Hope the move works out for them both, and good luck Callum your hard work and commitment is never in doubt.
Kieran Kinsella
5 Posted 17/06/2024 at 16:46:14
World cup winner (under 20) is another of his accolades.
Jerome Shields
6 Posted 28/06/2024 at 07:03:54
Has kept going, which is always admirable. Good luck to Callum.
Jerome Shields
7 Posted 28/06/2024 at 07:14:46
Should add that he had to fend for himself while out on loan, with little contact from Everton. Glad he has finally signed.

All of his loan managers spoke highly if him. Must have had good family support and really wanted to play football.

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