Taking shape

14 Jun 2022 08:42
Published by: Scott Callan

New arrival: Zeki Fryers is Macc’s first signing of the summer (Credit MFC)

MACCLESFIELD FC have made former Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and England youth international defender Zeki Fryers their first summer signing.
The 29-year-old has arrived at the Leasing.com Stadium after agreeing terms ahead of the 2022/23 campaign and brings a wealth of experience with him.
His signing marks the start of manager Danny Whitaker’s next stage of recruitment as the club looks forward to its new Northern Premier League challenge.
Speaking after putting pen to paper Fryers told the club’s official website: “I am delighted to join Macclesfield FC and cannot wait for the new season to begin.
“There was interest from clubs in higher divisions – but once I became aware that Macclesfield was interested in me, it really was a no-brainer to sign as the journey that they have been on so far has been remarkable.
“To play in front of so many fans and within these amazing facilities is something that excites me greatly and pre-season cannot come around quick enough.
“I would like to thank all those involved for their faith in me and can assure everyone that I will give everything I have to ensure that we all enjoy another successful campaign.”
Progressing through the youth ranks at United, Fryers forged his way into the First Team at Old Trafford, before signing a two-year contract at Belgian side Standard Liege back in 2012.
He then returned to England and Spurs, before moving across London to join Crystal Palace on a three-year contract in September 2013.
During his time at Selhurst Park, Fryers made 14 appearances for The Eagles, as well as enjoying loan moves at Championship sides, Rotherham United and Ipswich Town respectively.
In 2017 he made the move to Barnsley where he made 31 appearances for The Tykes over a two-year period.
Transferring to Swindon Town in the summer of 2019, he went on to help the Wiltshire side claim the Sky Bet League Two title.
He spent last season at eventual National League champions Stockport County, and National League South side, Welling United.
The Silkmen have also moved to capture the services of pacey forward Tre Pemberton, who has joined from Northern Premier League side Stafford Rangers.
The 23-year-old has agreed an initial one-year contract at the Leasing.com Stadium – with the club having the option of a 12-month extension.
Pemberton began his career at Blackburn Rovers, moved to Stoke City where he became a member of the Under-23s squad before joining FC United of Manchester in 2019.
Since his move to Stafford, he has made 20 appearances for the club in all competitions.

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