Elliot Newby leaves Chorley, but captain Scott Leather agrees new deal
Chorley midfielder Elliot Newby has made his loan move to Stockport County permanent after the Magpies agreed an undisclosed fee with the Hatters.
The 25-year-old joined the Magpies in July 2018 from AFC Telford United and was an integral part of the team that won promotion to the National League the following spring.
A stop-start 2019/20 campaign turned into a player of the year winning 2020/21, after a string of standout performances in league and cup.
He was one of Chorley's star performer during their remarkable run to the FA Cup fourth round, which saw them knock out Football league outfits Wigan Athletic, Peterborough United and Derby County on their way to reaching the fourth round.
Their run was eventually ended by Premier League Wolverhampton Wanderers, although the Magpies can count themselves unfortunate in the 1-0 loss at Victory Park.
Across three seasons at Victory Park the former Bolton & Barrow man played 103 games, scoring 13 goals.
Boss Jamie Vermiglio said: "Elliot has been an integral part of what we’ve achieved since he joined the club as my first signing nearly three years.
"It was inevitable his performances would lead to interest from clubs at a higher level, and it’s something we pride ourselves on that Chorley FC – being a stage for players to perform and progress on to full time football. We’re sad to see Elliot leave, but wish him all the very best for the future."
Meanwhile, captain Scott Leather has agreed a new deal to remain at Chorley for next season.
The inspirational skipper joined the Magpies in 2016 after spending five years with Altrincham.
Prior to that, he had been a youth team player at Preston North End, going on to feature for the Lilywhites in the Championship before being released.
Since arriving at Victory Park, the central defender has been integral to the Magpies’ success – helping them to rise as high as the National League, although they were relegated after just one season.
Last summer he took over the captain’s armband after long-time skipper Andrew Teague departed for Lancaster City.
The 28-year-old is homing in on 200 appearances for the Magpies after missing a large chuck of the 2019-20 season through injury.
Leather said: “It was a pretty easy decision to make, committing to another year with the club.
“Despite the strange nature of the season just gone, it was brilliant being part of the record-breaking FA Cup run, especially as captain.”
Boss Jamie Vermiglio was pleased to tie his inflential skipper down to a new deal.
Scotty’s a huge part of what we’re putting together for the new season and his leadership qualities on and off the field are going to be vitally important once again.
“His consistency, intensity and desire to win inspires everyone around him.”