Stockton Town have announced the signing of Liam Cooke on a permanent deal from Whitby Town.
Cooke joined Whitby Town in Summer 2019 from Middlesbrough before spending the 2019-20 season on loan at Thornaby Town, only to struggle to break through into Whitby’s first-team since returning in Summer 2020 despite netting three goals for The Seasiders.
This move marks a step down from the third tier of the Non-League system to the fourth tier for Cooke but the 22 year-old is “buzzing” about his move as he praised the club for their “great” setup following conversations with manager – Michael Dunwell.
Cooke added that he has “a great first impression and I knew a couple of the lads already, so I’m happy to be here and excited to get going.”
Cooke also previously faced Stockton away twice after losing 1-0 during his loan spell at Thornaby in December 2019, before losing 2-1 with Whitby in August 2020.
It therefore isn’t no surprise that Cooke felt that the Map Group UK Stadium “was a hard place to come” due to how “well ran” the club is and iterated that he believes the club is “set up to hopefully take that step forward in the future.”
Cooke could make his Anchors debut on Saturday 3 December 2021 as Stockton host Brighouse Town in a 3pm kick-off.
Whitby released a short statement placing on record their thanks to Cooke for his services to the club, in which they said; ‘Whitby Town would like to thank Liam for his service to the club, and wish him all the best for the future.’
Cooke previously played for Middlesbrough’s Under-18s where he produced three goals and two assists in 24 appearances across all competitions.
Stockton currently sit eighth in 2021-22 Northern Premier League East and just two points off the play-off spots in their first season in the competition, having been handed promotion at the end of last season despite the campaign concluding early due to the third lockdown across UK in early 2021.