Player Profiles: Midfielders

RODNEY AJAYI

On the 26th July 2021, Macclesfield FC announced the signing of midfielder Rodney Ajayi. Ajayi started off his career at Stockport County before moving to Stockport Sports. Ajayi has also spent time at Avro, Atherton Labernum Rovers and West Didsbury and Chorlton. On the 30th November 2021, it was announced that after 7 appearances, Ayaji had left the club.




LEON ARNASALAM

On the 7th July 2021, Macclesfield FC completed the signing on diminutive winger Leon Arnasalam. Arnsalam started his youth football at Preston North End and has since gone on to appear for Marine, AFC Liverpool, Lower Breck, Burscough and also a stint at Bolton Wanderers. The attacking winger also spent time at Robbie Fowler’s Academy before making the move to Macclesfield FC. On the 4th February 2022, Arnasalam signed a dual-registration deal with Mossley. After 1 appearance for Mossley, on the 24th March 2022, it was announced that Arnasalam had joined Prescot Cables on a dual registration deal. On the 4th April 2022, it was announced that Leon Arnasalam had been released by Macclesfield FC. Arnasalam made 2 appearances for Macclesfield FC scoring 1 goal. Arnasalam’s goal was the first ever goal for Macclesfield FC. On the 31st July, it was announced that Leon Arnasalam had signed for Bury AFC.


LAURENT MENDY

Skillful centre midfielder Laurent Mendy put pen to paper on a deal with Macclesfield FC on the 22nd June 2021. The strong and athletic midfielder played for a number of amateur teams based in London before moving to ply his trade in Sweden with IFK Amal. Mendy impressed the Macclesfield FC coaching staff while on trial with the club and was handed a first team contract. Laurent Mendy was named captain for Macclesfield FC for the 2021/22 season. After an impressive first season at the Silkmen, on the 11th March 2022, after appearing 38 times and scoring 2 goals, it was announced that Mendy had signed a new two year deal to keep him at Macclesfield FC until the end of the 2023/24 season. Laurent Mendy was named the Macclesfield FC’s Director’s Player Of The Year for the 2021/22 season.


JACK GRIMSHAW

On the 15th June 2021, Macclesfield FC announced the signing of centre midfielder Jack Grimshaw. Grimshaw started his career at Wolverhampton Wanderers before moving to Port Vale. After leaving Port Vale, Grimshaw had spells at FC United Of Manchester, Prescot Cables and Skelmersdale United. In July 2021, it was announced that Grimshaw had been released by Macclesfield FC without making a competitive appearance. After leaving Macclesfield FC, Grimshaw has gone on to play for Newcastle Town, Rocester and Ramsbottom United.



RYAN ROGERS

On the 4th June 2021, Macclesfield FC announced the signing of winger Ryan Rogers. Rogers started his career at Burnley before moving to Scotland and featuring for Gretna FC 2008. On his return to England, Rogers signed for Glossop North End where the winger impressed their then manager Peter Band. After Peter Band was announced as Macclesfield FC Assistant Manager, Rogers followed Band to Macclesfield. On the 24th August 2021, it was announced that Rogers had joined Witton Albion on an initial one month loan. On the 24th November 2021, after the release of the new Macclesfield FC website, it was noted that Rogers was not listed on the player profiles. Although no official announcement, it is thought he had left the club. In December 2021, Rogers signed for Northwich Victoria. On the 22nd February 2022, Rogers signed for Sandbach United.



DANNY WHITAKER

In October 2020, Macclesfield FC owner Rob Smethurst announced that Macclesfield Town legend Danny Whitaker would be taking over the reigns as Macclesfield FC manager. Whitaker, with just shy of 400 appearances for Macclesfield Town in two separate stays at the club is seen as a legend by all Macclesfield supporters. Whitaker announced ahead of the 2021/22 season that he would be a player/manager for the season.


SIDI FOFANA SANOGO

On the 22nd June 2021, Macclesfield FC announced the signing of combative Spanish midfielder Sidi Fofana Sanogo. Sanogo had stints with Spanish sides UD Fraga and UE Bordeta before moving to England where he featured for AFC Darwen, Bamber Bridge and Radcliffe Borough. Sanogo is comfortable in centre midfield but has also been deployed as right back. On the 30th November 2021, it was announced that Sanogo had signed a dual registration deal with Glossop North End. On the 13th January 2022, Sidi Fofana Sanogo returned to Macclesfield FC. On the 12th March 2022, after the Silkmen were crowned North West Counties Premier Division champions, Robbie Savage announced via the Official Macclesfield FC Facebook page that Sidi Fofana Sanogo had signed a new deal at the club. On the 14th March 2022, Sidi Fofana Sanogo’s contract was confirmed, with Sanogo signing a new deal until the end of the 2022/23 season, with the option of extending for an additional 12 months. At the time of his new contract, Sanogo had featured 23 times for the Silkmen. On the 10th June 2022, it was announced that Sidi Fofana Sanogo had joined Runcorn Linnets. During his time at the Silkmen, Sidi Fofana Sanogo made 26 appearances.



AARON DWYER

Aaron Dwyer signed for Macclesfield FC on the 1st July 2021. An extremely hard working and technically gifted footballer, Dwyer is comfortable playing on either wing or also as a forward. Dwyer has previously played for a number of Non League clubs and was most recently at Bury AFC after spells with Cheadle Town, Stockport Town, Wythenshawe Town, Mossley and New Mills. On the 4th April 2022, after 10 goals in 36 appearances for the Silkmen, it was announced that Dwyer had been offered a new deal at Macclesfield FC. On the 7th April 2022, Aaron Dwyer signed a new deal at Macclesfield FC, keeping him at the club until the end of the 2022/23 season. Aaron Dwyer won the Macclesfield FC goal of the season in the 2021/22 season for his goal against Lower Breck. On the 17th May 2022, despite no official announcement, Dwyer reported via his personal Twitter account that he had left the club. Dwyer made 37 appearances for Macclesfield FC, scoring 11 goals. On the 18th May 2022, Dwyer’s departure was officially confirmed by the Silkmen. On the 18th May 2022, Aaron Dwyer re-joined Wythenshawe Town.


SAM GRIMSHAW

Left midfielder Sam Grimshaw signed for Macclesfield FC on the 18th June 2021. Grimshaw began his youth career at Manchester City before moving to Altrincham. Grimshaw then went on to feature for Glossop North End before going on trial at Premier League giants Manchester United. Before signing for Macclesfield, Grimshaw had spells at Curzon Ashton, Southport, Stockport County, Hednesford Town and Trafford. On the 12th March 2022, after the Silkmen were crowned North West Counties Premier Division champions, Robbie Savage announced via the Official Macclesfield FC Facebook page that Sam Grimshaw had signed a new deal at the club. On the 13th March 2022, Grimshaw’s contract was confirmed with the left back/ left midfielder signing a new deal until the end of the 2022/23 season, with the option of extending for an additional 12 months.


KIERAN CURTIS

On the 16th June 2021, Macclesfield FC completed the signing of Kieran Curtis. Curtis, a midfielder who can play on either wing or in the attacking midfield role excelled for FC St Helens before making the move to Macclesfield FC. On the 14th August 2021, after making two appearances for the club, Curtis completed a move to Northwich Victoria. Curtis has since featured for Pilkington and Wythenshawe Amateurs.



NEIL DANNS

On the 9th September 2021, Macclesfield FC announced the signing of experienced midfielder Neil Danns on a Non-Contract basis. Danns, a Guyana international, started his career at Blackburn Rovers and spent time on loan at Blackpool, Hartlepool and Colchester before joining Colchester on a permanent deal. After two successful seasons, Danns moved on to Birmingham for a fee of £500k. A year and a half later, Danns moved to Crystal Palace for £800k. Danns spent three years at The Eagles before moving to Leicester City where the midfielder spent time out on loan at Bristol City, Huddersfield Town and Bolton Wanderers. Danns’ loan spell at Bolton was made permanent with the midfielder being a consistent starter during his two-year spell. Danns then joined Bury, spending three seasons at the club before the club were liquidated. After Bury’s liquidation, Danns joined Tranmere Rovers and spent one season at the club. Ahead of the 2020/21 season, Danns actually featured in Macclesfield Town’s last ever match against Witton Albion as a triallist. Danns featured for Halifax Town, Radcliffe and Connahs Quay Nomads during the 2020/21 season before signing for Macclesfield FC. After 20 goals in 30 appearances for the Silkmen, on the 9th March 2022, it was announced that Danns had signed a contract extension until the end of the 2022/23 season. On the 22nd March, it was announced that Neil Danns had been recalled by the Guyana national team, making history as he became Macclesfield FC’s first ever international player. Neil Danns was named Macclesfield FC’s Player Of The Year and the Player’s Player Of The Year for the 2021/22 season.


DREW LOWE

On the 8th October 2021, Macclesfield FC announced the loan signing of midfielder Drew Lowe from Conference North side Chester for a period of three months. Lowe started his career at Stoke City before moving to Chester at the age of 16. Lowe signed his first senior deal for Chester in June 2021. Although no official announcement on the 9th November 2021, Drew Lowe was removed from the Macclesfield FC squad list on the NWCFL website- meaning Lowe returned to Chester. Lowe made one substitute appearance during his time at the Silkmen. In December 2021, Lowe joined Runcorn Town on loan. In January 2022, Lowe signed for Glossop North End on loan. On the 20th May 2022, it was announced that Drew Lowe had been released by Chester.



MAX BARDSLEY-ROWE

On the 14th October 2021, Macclesfield FC announced the signing of talented winger Max Bardsley-Rowe from Irlam. Bardsley-Rowe started his career at Preston North End before moving to Stockport County. After leaving Stockport, Bardsley-Rowe played for Loughborough Dynamo before signing for Irlam. Before signing for Macclesfield, Bardsley-Rowe had scored 12 goals in 13 matches for Irlam. On the 15th June 2022, after only 1 goal in 18 appearances for the Silkmen, it was announced that Max Bardsley-Rowe had joined Atherton Collieries on a 3-month loan deal. On the 16th June 2022, it was announced that Max Bardsley-Rowe had been appointed Macclesfield FC’s new Commercial and Sponsorships Manager. This role will work alongside his footballing career.


JORDAN SIMPSON

On the 18th October 2021, Macclesfield FC announced the signing of midfielder Jordan Simpson after his release from FC United Of Manchester. Simpson started his career at Swindon Town before moving to Forest Green Rovers. Before leaving FGR, Simpson spent time on loan at Hungerford Town, Havant and Waterlooville and Hampton and Richmond Borough before joining Bath City on a permanent deal. Simpson made six appearances for Bath before joining FC United Of Manchester. On the 16th December 2021, after seven appearances for the club, it was announced that Simpson had joined Ashton United.

CALLUM WEST

On the 28th October 2021, it was announced that Callum West had joined up with the first team squad. West had previously been playing for the Macclesfield FC Under 16 side. West made his Macclesfield FC debut on the 7th December 2021 against Stockport County in the Cheshire Senior Cup. Callum West scored his first ever competitive goal for Macclesfield FC on the 19th March 2022 against Avro. At the time of this goal, West was still 16 years old. Callum West was named the Macclesfield FC Young Player of the Season for the 2021/22 season. On the 18th May 2022, it was announced that Callum West had signed for Premier League side Burnley. West made 8 appearances for Macclesfield FC, scoring once.



OLIVER RYAN

On the 28th October 2021, it was announced that Oliver Ryan had joined up with the first team squad. Ryan had previously been playing for the Macclesfield FC Under 16 side. On the 2nd November 2021, Ryan made his debut for Macclesfield FC against Cheadle Heath Nomads in the Cheshire Senior Cup. Ryan managed to get on the scoresheet in a 3-2 win, becoming Macclesfield FC’s youngest ever goalscorer.



MOSOPEFOLUWA ADERINTO

On the 2nd November 2021, Macclesfield FC announced that midfielder Mosopefoluwa Aderinto had joined the first team squad, progressing up from the youth set up at the Silkmen. Aderinto made his Macclesfield FC debut against Cheadle Heath Nomads in the Cheshire Senior Cup.




ELLIOT ROKKA

On the 30th November 2021, Macclesfield FC completed the loan signing of Elliot Rokka on a 1-month deal from Atherton Colleries. Rokka, who can play on either wing or upfront, began his career at Manchester United before spending time at Macclesfield Town BTEC Academy. After leaving Macclesfield Town BTEC Academy, Rokka signed for Radcliffe before moving to Tranmere Rovers. Rokka spent time at loan at Colwyn Bay, Warrington Town and Hyde United before signing a permanent deal at Atherton Colleries. On the 28th December 2021, Robbie Savage announced via a Facebook Live on the Star Lane End Facebook group that Rokka’s contract would not be renewed. Rokka made three appearances for the Silkmen. In July 2022, Elliot Rokka joined Witton Albion.


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NATHAN BECA

Youth team player Nathan Beca was named on the bench for Macclesfield FC in their match in the Cheshire Senior Cup against Stockport County on the 7th December 2021. On the 26th March 2022, Nathan Beca made his Macclesfield FC debut, coming off the bench against Congleton Town in a 3-1 win for the Silkmen.




JELANI BLAKE

Youth team player Jelani Blake was named on the bench for Macclesfield FC in their match in the Cheshire Senior Cup against Stockport County on the 7th December 2021. On the 16th March 2022, Blake made his Macclesfield FC debut against Northwich Victoria in the first round of the Macron Cup. After impressing for the Macclesfield FC first team during the 2022/23 pre season, it was announced on the 26th July 2022, that Jelani Blake had signed a first team contract at the Silkmen.


ABDUL DJALO

On the 20th December 2021, Macclesfield FC announced the signing of centre midfielder Abdul Djalo on a two year deal. Djalo was previously on a dual registration deal with Warrington Rylands and Skelmersdale United. Before signing the dual registration deal, Djalo spent time at FC Barnton. Djalo was on the books of Manchester United and Crewe Alexandra as a youngster. After 4 appearances for Macclesfield FC, on the 12th March 2022, Abdul Djalo joined City Of Liverpool on loan until the end of the 2021/22 season. On the 4th August 2022, it was announced that Abdul Djajo had re-joined his former side Skelmersdale United on a season long loan deal.


MARK DUFFY

On the 7th January 2022, Macclesfield FC completed the signing of experienced winger Mark Duffy after his contract expired at League Two side Tranmere Rovers. Duffy made 7 appearances for Tranmere Rovers, including 3 in the league during his 6 months at the club. At the start of his career, Duffy impressed for Vauxhall Motors, Prescot Cables and Southport before moving to Morecambe. After Morecambe, Duffy joined Scunthorpe United in the Championship and had spent much of his career plying his trade in either the Champiosnhip or League One before dropping down to the North West Counties to join Macclesfield FC. After Scunthorpe United and before the Silkmen, Duffy featured for Doncaster Rovers, Birmingham City, Chesterfield, Burton Albion, Sheffield United, Stoke CIty, Fleetwood Town and Tranmere Rovers. Duffy also spent time on loan to Dutch Eredivisie side ADO Den Haag during the 2019/20 season. With Duffy impressing greatly in his 11 appearances for Macclesfield FC as they were crowned North West Counties Premier League champions, on the 14th March 2022, it was announced that Duffy had signed a new deal until the end of the 2022/23 season.

ALEX KIWOMYA

On the 3rd March 2022, Macclesfield FC announced the signing of Alex Kiwomya. The talented winger, who can player either left or right wing started his career at Rotherham United before signing for Chelsea. After his release by the Premier League giants, before signing for the Silkmen, Kiwomya spent time at Barnsley, Fleetwood Town, Crewe Alexandra, Doncaster Rovers, Chesterfield, Chorley, Kings Lynn Town and Bruno’s Magpies. After only one appearance for Macclesfield FC, on the 11th March 2022, it was announced that Alex Kiwomya had signed a contract extension until the end of the 2023/24 season. On the 4th August 2022, ahead of the 2022/23 season, it was announced that Alex Kiwomya had left Macclesfield FC by mutual consent. Alex Kiwomya made 3 starts for the Silkmen, with a further 3 appearances coming off the bench and managed 1 goal during his time at the club.


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HARVEY SMITH

Youth team player Harvey Smith made his Silkmen debut off the bench for Macclesfield FC in the Silkmen’s match in the Macron Cup first round against Northwich Victoria on the 16th March 2022.




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JOACHIM ADEOTI

Youth team player Joachim Adeoti made his Macclesfield FC debut on the 19th March 2022 in the Silkmen’s 6-0 win over Avro. The youngster can play on either wing or also as a striker. Joachim Adeoti played for Manchester United at youth level before joining Macclesfield FC.



HARRY BOWER

On the 7th June 2022, Macclesfield FC completed the signing of attacking midfielder Harry Bower after his release from AFC Telford United. Bower signed a 12-month deal with the Silkmen, with the club holding an option to extend by an additional 12 months. Bower started his career at TNS, spending time out on loan at Oswestry before moving to AFC Telford United in 2020. During the 2021/22 season, Bower spent time out on loan at Barwell and Witton Albion.


BRANDON NEWELL

On the 10th June 2022, Macclesfield FC announced the signing of Brandon Newell from North West Counties First Division South side Abbey Hulton. Newell began his career at Rochester, appearing 6 times before moving to Abbey Hulton. After 32 appearances for Abbey Hulton, in the 2021/22 season, Newell became the youngest ever player to win the North West Counties First Division South Player Of The Season award at only 17 years of age. When announcing the signing, Macclesfield FC announced that Newell had turned down opportunities at a higher level to join the Silkmen. On the 13th June 2022, three days after joining Macclesfield FC, it was announced that Brandon Newell had signed a dual registration deal with Wythenshawe Town.


ALEX CURRAN

On the 20th June 2022, Macclesfield FC announced the signing of Alex Curran from National League North side Curzon Ashton for an undisclosed fee. Curran signed a 2 year deal at the Silkmen, keeping him at the club until the end of the 2023/24 season. Curran began his career at Blackburn Rovers and also spent time at Colne, FC United Of Manchester and Stockport County before joining Curzon Ashton. Curran scored 13 goals in 44 appearances for Curzon Ashton in their 2021/22 season, before dropping down to the Northern Premier League West Divison to join the Macclesfield FC ahead of the 2022/23 season.