SIGNING | Chally Returns!

We are pleased to confirm the signing of defender Matt Challoner, who returns to the Pure Stadium after four seasons.

Matt made 90 appearances for the Port between 2013 and 2016 before moving to Chorley, where he won promotion to the Vanarama National League North through the play-offs twelve months ago.

Now 26, the right-back was a regular in the Southport side for three seasons at the top level of Non-League football during his previous time with the club.

He becomes our second signing of the week after the addition of fellow former Chorley team-mate Marcus Carver.

Born in Blackburn, Matt progressed through the youth set-up at Blackpool, earning a Player of the Season award and featuring for the reserves before joining the Port.

He played a total of 180 times for Chorley, twice helping them into the play-offs before achieving promotion. He played in the National League last season before finishing the campaign at Boston United.

Manager Liam Watson said: “It’s great to have Matt on board for next season. He has got valuable experience in this division and at the level above and has really developed as a player during the last few years.

“We want to be solid all over the pitch, have a competitive squad and Matt will be an important player in achieving that. I’m very pleased to have two players on board who have won promotion from this level and we’re making good progress with our plans to ensure we’re as strong as possible for when football returns.”

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