Former Stalybridge Celtic striker Connor Jennings has been inundated with messages of support following confirmation of his cancer diagnosis.
The 29-year-old. who now playes for Stockport County in the National League, has been diagnosed with low-grade chondroid sarcoma, a rare type of cancer.
A statement uploaded to the Hatters’ official website read: “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.”
Jennings became a fans’ favourite at Bower Fold after making 123 appearances for the first team between 2009-2012.
He made a move to Scunthorpe United for 100,000 - a club record fee - and went on to enjoy great success wih clubs including Wrexham and Tranmere Rovers, scoring for the latter in a 1-0 victory against Newport County in the League Two playoff-final in 2019.