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Stockport County player diagnosed with rare type of cancer

Stockport County confirm in a statement that 29 year old player Connor Jennings has been diagnosed with a rare type of cancer.

The forward joined the Hatters back in July 2020, however hasn’t been able to play as he copes with being injured but also fighting this battle.

Jennings, who had been described as ‘pacey’, ‘stylish’ and has an ‘eye for goal’ has previously played for the likes of Macclesfield, Tranmere, Wrexham, Grimsby, Scunthorpe and Stalybridge.

He also scored the winning goal in the 2019 League Two playoff final against Newport County at Wembley.

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The National League promotion hopefuls have said: “The Club would like to share with you an update on Connor’s injury, which will prevent him from taking any further part this season.

Connor had been suffering from pain in his shoulder for several months after a fall in training and following physio treatment was referred for MRI scans to investigate, it was during these scans that a suspected tumour was located within his upper arm. Following subsequent biopsies, this has been confirmed as low-grade chondroid sarcoma which is a rare type of cancer.

Although the treatment plan and timings are still being discussed with medical experts, chondroid sarcoma can only be treated through surgery, with a good success rate. The Club are working with Connor to ensure he gets all the support he needs during this difficult period through to his recovery.

In the meantime, Connor continues to be around his team mates at Carrington, staying fit and strong, and supporting the club in all its games and activities. We know County fans will be saddened by this news and understandably may have questions or concerns. At this time, all future updates on Connor’s progress will be provided only via official Club channels.

While we request privacy for him and his family at this time, messages of support can be emailed to media@stockportcounty.com and will be passed on to Connor


Youth career
2005–2009 – Stalybridge Celtic

Senior career
2009–2012 – Stalybridge Celtic – 103 games (44 goals)
2012–2014 – Scunthorpe United – 16 games (0 goals)
2012–2013 → Stockport County (loan) – 13 games (4 goals)
2013 → Macclesfield Town (loan) – 16 games (14 goals)
2014 → Grimsby Town (loan) – 12 games (1 goal)
2014–2016 – Wrexham – 86 games (20 goals)
2016–2020 – Tranmere Rovers – 140 games (27 goals)
2017 → Macclesfield Town (loan) – 5 games (1 goal)
2020– Stockport County

National team
2011 – England C – 1 game (1 goal)

Fans reacted as the Stockport County player is diagnosed with a rare type of cancer…

@tonye1958: That’s so sad to hear. Hope he gets the treatment and recovers quickly. I’m sure the club are supporting him through this time.

@MarkSharpley1: All the very best to Connor and his family from everyone at Macclesfield F.C

@BillyBy17: Puts everything into perspective, stay strong Connor and know the Blue Army has your back 💙

@GeorgeHarnwell: Really puts things in to perspective, suddenly our position in the table doesn’t matter. Wishing Connor, James and the family nothing but luck and the strength to get through it

@neilb09: Stay strong, get well soon @connorjennings1

@GoodisonIan: All the best Connor, such sad news. The football family will pull together for you. SWA UTH

@joynes85: Thinking of you @connorjennings1 you’ll smash this easily. Everyone at Tranmere and the whole football community are behind you. You’ll be back scoring goals before too long.

@CLMcD1: Thinking of you Connor. SWA all behind you.

@prentonpete: Get well soon @connorjennings1 Everyone at Tranmere and across football right behind you lad

@GazzyHay: All the SWA are with you every step of the way, hoping for a fast and speedy and full recovery,

@Angleseyred: Wishing you and the family all the best. Keep smiling. Wrexham fan

@Rconnor_94: Good luck @connorjennings1 stay strong lad! We are all behind you.

@BrettAngellsle1: All the best @connorjennings1 you’ll get sorted mate

@Mad_Hatter_79: Put’s everything into perspective, good luck Connor.

@mischaparry: All the best @connorjennings1. You’ve got the whole #SWA in your corner to beat this 💪

@TROSC_TRFC: We’re with you Connor every step of the way

@billyormond: All the best Connor your a warrior you’ll get through this. Wasn’t long ago you was seriously ill in hospital then come.back to set up the winner at Wembley then the year after scored the winner. Keep positive lad. Look forward to seeing you back playing again soon. SWA

@BarnetFC: Everyone at #BarnetFC sends Connor their best wishes and hopes for a speedy recovery

@YTFC: Stay strong, Connor! Wishing you all the best.

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