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21 Sep 2022 : Hooper swaps Workington for Runcorn

Runcorn Linnets have strengthened their goal threat with the capture of James Hooper from Workington.

Linnets manager Dave Wild felt he needed extra scoring power to take pressure off player-assistant boss Jamie Rainford.

He believes that 25-year-old Hooper will be a big asset at the APEC Taxis Stadium.

The boss said: "James will be a really important addition to the squad.

"We have over relied on Jamie Rainford with regards to fire power and goals and although he is happy to carry that burden, it's imperative that if we are to be a success this year we have to be able to spread the wealth when it comes to scoring.

"James arrived with a wealth of experience and has qualities that will only enhance the group. I'm really pleased that he has agreed to join and I'm excited to watch him hit the ground running because I have no doubts that will be the case."

James joins only a week after playing against us for Workington in the Isuzu FA Trophy.

It means that he is cup-tied and won't be eligible for our match in the next round at North Shields this Saturday.

He joined Workingtonin the summer from Atherton Collieries, making nine appearances for the Reds and scoring two goals.

James had launched his senior career with Rochdale, turning professional in 2015, after scoring 23 goals in 2014-15 season as youth team Player of the Season.

His two years on the staff at Spotland featured loan moves to FC United of Manchester and Stockport County.

James made two Football League appearances for Dale and one for Carlisle United before moving into non-league football with a return to FCUM.

James has also been at Radcliffe Borough, Salford City, Chorley, West Didsbury & Chorlton, Altrincham and Witton Albion.

We welcome James to Linnets and wish him a successful and enjoyable stay.

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