Ex-Tranmere star Connor Jennings scores on Stockport return after cancer diagnosis

By Matt C Jones

Former Tranmere Rovers player Connor Jennings made an incredible goalscoring return to football on Tuesday night.

The Stockport County forward was diagnosed with a low-grade chondroid sarcoma in March - a rare form of cancer - as an MRI scan located a tumour within his upper arm.

Since then he has been receiving treatment and working his way back to full fitness.

Last week he was given the all clear to resume playing and on Tuesday night he made his first appearance since the diagnosis from the bench in Stockport's Conference Premier division clash with King's Lynn Town.

The 30-year-old was introduced in the second period with the scoreline 4-0 in County's favour and he was able to add the gloss on a fantastic night with a late goal.

It's a strike that will be celebrated throughout the Football League given the way Jennings has recovered after his diagnosis, although those at Prenton Park have a special affinity for their former player.

Jennings spent four years on the Wirral between 2016 and 2020, where he played a key role in a number of promotion pushes.

In 2019, he netted the only goal in the League Two playoff final, as Rovers earned promotion back to the third tier with victory over Newport County.

Jennings will now be keen to play a part in what is shaping up to be an exciting campaign for Stockport.

The win on Tuesday puts them ninth in the Conference and in touch with the promotion spots, while their thrilling 5-3 win over Bolton Wanderers last week propelled them into the second round of the FA Cup.


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