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Chorley sign ex-Blackburn, Bradford and Wales player

There is plenty of excitement for Chorley due to the FA Cup run, now they sign an ex-Blackburn Rovers, Bradford City and Wales player.

Adam Henley is the National League North side’s latest signing and he could potentially face Wayne Rooney’s Derby County in the FA Cup Third Round following Monday’s draw.

He joined the club, who sit 21st in the National League North table, on the 20th of November, and made his debut as a substitute in the FA Cup Second Round win against Peterborough United.

Alex Birch of chorleyfc.com wrote on new signings including Adam Henley and Will Tomlinson: “Adam is a full back with significant pedigree. A product of the Blackburn Rovers youth system, the 26-year-old made nearly 100 appearances for Rovers in the Premier League & Championship, as well as appearing twice for Wales in the lead up to Euro 2016. An 18-month spell with Real Salt Lake in Major League Soccer followed, before 27 games in League Two with Bradford City last season.

Will also came through the ranks at Ewood Park before spending the last couple of years in League Two with Mansfield Town. The 22-year-old midfielder appeared 35 times for the Stags, with his last game coming right before March’s lockdown, against Northampton Town.

I’m really happy to have signed with Chorley and I can’t wait to get back playing and start enjoying my football again – Will Tomlinson

Adam has been training with us for a few weeks and has shown great athleticism, improving fitness and a strong desire to be involved. Will is a midfielder with lots of energy and good quality. He’s determined to make an impact and without doubt brings added quality and another option to our squad.

Both players bring a lot of Football League experience and impressive references. I’m hoping they can help to raise our standards further as we continue to improve as a squad. – Jamie Vermiglio

Will & Adam are both available to sponsor – £100 home or away/£150 for both/£50 third/£175 all three kits – contact commercial@chorleyfc.com or 01257 230007 during office hours (Monday-Friday 10am-4pm) for more details.

The Magpies trailed 1-0 at the break of their FA Cup game against Peterborough just weeks after knocking out Wigan, but goals from Connor Hall and Lewis Baines have seen Jamie Vermiglio’s side pull off another upset.

Posh, who sit second in the League One table, put out a strong side, and they had reached the third round in 13 of the past 14 seasons.

Connor Hall notched the equaliser for the non league club, before Lewis Baines put the Magpies ahead shortly afterwards.

The visitors then missed a penalty, but progressed to the third round anyway – adding Peterborough the the first-round scalp of Wigan Athletic.

Unbelievably, Darren Ferguson’s side were second best for much of the game.

“It just dropped to me. I hit it with my weaker foot and it just hit the back of the net. They scored early on but they didn’t do much to bother us. We knew we could get a result. We are not doing great in the league but we always have that belief in games.” – Lewis Baines – Chorley match-winner on BT Sport

“I’m ecstatic. It is a monumental achievement and it wasn’t lucky either. The character of the boys was excellent and we thoroughly deserved the win. We have a good side and a lot of belief. The players are singing. Give me Liverpool or Manchester City please.” – Jamie Vermiglio – Chorley manager on BT Sport

Vermiglio, whose club were relegated from the National League last season after winning just four of their 38 games, said: “It’s a monumental achievement that we can treasure and I’m a very proud man.

“It wasn’t lucky either. What a performance we produced after going behind so early on.

“Technically we were good, tactically we were good and the set-pieces were absolutely on point, but we also had the heart, spirit and endeavour you need to get through an FA Cup tie in abundance.

“We had a good sing-song in the dressing room after the game and I’m sure we’ll celebrate on the coach home. It’s a long journey anyway but we might get the driver to go round the block a few times too.

“The boys have written themselves a piece of history that no-one can ever take away and it’s fantastic after what we’ve been through as a club over the last 12 months.”

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