Southport FC are delighted to confirm the signing of former Chorley and Accrington Stanley striker Marcus Carver.

The 26-year-old, who scored 47 goals in four seasons for Chorley including 17 in their Vanarama National League North promotion-winning-season, becomes the Port’s first signing of the summer.

Born in Blackburn, Marcus began his career at Accrington Stanley, progressing through the youth-set up and into the first team during a five-year period, making 38 senior appearances.

Whilst at Stanley, he spent time on loan at clubs including Halifax Town, AFC Fylde and Barrow, before making his move to Chorley permanent in 2016.

Carver played a crucial role in the Chorley side that earned promotion to the top level of Non-League football two seasons ago, being named the Players’ Player of the Season after twice previously helping the Magpies into the play-offs.

Having played up front with Jack Sampson during his early days at Victory Park, Marcus played a total of 203 times for the Magpies before leaving at the end of last season.

Manager Liam Watson said: “Being able to bring Marcus in as our first summer signing is really exciting for the club. He’s a striker with a record and pedigree which speaks for itself at this level and he has played a huge part in Chorley’s success over the last few years when they were in our division.

“At 26, he’s about to come into his own and is exactly the right age to fit into the squad. He is a striker with many different elements to his game and he has shown he can score different types of goals. He’s someone who has has proven himself over a good period of time but is still relatively young and I’m sure he’ll be a great addition.”