Boss the man to get Dennis firing
KRISTIAN Dennis believes John Askey is the man to get him firing in the National League following his move from Stockport County on a season-long loan.
The 25-year-old began his professional career with the Silkmen, and has returned to the Moss Rose after five years away.
Dennis brings a prolific goalscoring record having netted 15 times for Stockport last season, and he sees manager Askey as a key reason for his return.
“I’m delighted to be back. I’ve have a good few years away at other clubs, but now John Askey wants me so I’m glad to be back,” he said.
“I had John in the youth team, a few times when I was in the reserves and now in the first team, so I’m looking forward to starting next week with him.
“I’ve always got on well with John. I’ve said before that I’ve never been as fit as when John was my manager, so hopefully it’s the same again and I’ll start scoring goals and be as fit as possible.
“I’m playing with better players, they’ll create more chances and look to me to take them.
“I ended up on nearly 20 goals last season so hopefully I can replicate that or go a bit further into the 20s next year.”
It came as a surprise to many people when Dennis was told he was allowed to leave County, but he insists has no hard feelings over his departure.
“I enjoyed my time at Stockport.
“I wasn’t looking to get away, but a new manager came in, had a few words with me and basically said I need to find a new club,” he said.
“Full-time football is a big part of it. I’m a league above so I couldn’t really ask for much more really. I didn’t think I got a fair crack of the whip last time I was here, so hopefully I can get a better chance with John and show what I can do.
“John knows when I’m super fit and he knows what he’ll get. Pre-season will be tough but the tougher the better, I can’t wait for next week, com- ing into football every morning, you can’t really ask for a better job.”
Dennis was given limited opportunities during his first spell with the Silkmen, resulting in loan spells at Ashton United and Woodley Sports.
He briefly made his move to Woodley permanent in 2010, before then joining Mossley a few months later.
A transfer to Curzon Ashton soon followed, scoring a mammoth 67 goals in 65 games, helping to make him the highest scorer in England during the 2012/13 campaign.
That success earned him the move to Stockport, spending the last two years at Edgeley Park.
‘I’ll be playing with better players, they’ll create more chances and look to me to take them’
●● Kristian Dennis, who has returned to Macc, during his spell at Stockport County