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Accrington Stanley look to promotion


Following their near miss, last season EFL League Two club Accrington Stanley will be looking to better last season, when just missing out on the playoffs.

Manager John Coleman and staff will no doubt be hoping to better last season’s thirteenth position in EFL League Two. The position belied the fact that the club was just five points away from a play-off place, in what was a very tight competition at the run in for places.

Coleman has brought in former Wigan and Accrington defender, John Doolan, as his first team coach. The pair played together at Ashton United along with assistant Jimmy Bell.


With just twenty-nine days before the 2017-18 commences, to date, Coleman has made three additions to his squad.

Hull City’s Jonny Edwards, who made ten starts for Accrington, scoring one goal, whilst on loan, returns to the club on a season-long loan deal from the Championship club.

Following registration problems, Stanley were finally able to sign former Portuguese under 19 international Erico Sousa, who, after spending a season in Slovenia for NK Celje, returned to the England where he had previously been on the books of Manchester City and  Barnsley, signing for Tadcaster Albion. He initially signed for Accrington in February of this year, however, problems with his registration meant that he was not able to play for the club. Therefore, National League side, Tranmere Rovers, offered him a short-term contract for the remainder of the season, which gave him the opportunity to play some football. The forward is now looking forward to being able, at last, to play a full season in English Football. Knowing it is going difficult to get into the side he is looking forward with relish to fighting for a regular place.

Another new signing is that of forward Mekhi Leacock-McLeod who was a junior with Fulham, before signing for Wolverhampton Wanderers. He then moved to Glasgow Rangers as an under 20 player. As a free agent, he played for Ware FC and VCD Athletic FC before signing for National League side Eastleigh, where he made just five appearances, without scoring.

The clubs outgoing players included Steven Hewitt and Luke Wall, both signing for Bangor City together with Braydon Shaw. Striker Terry Gornell left the club by mutual consent after being unable to seal a place in the first team.

With the services of Billy Kee, skipper Seamus Conneely and Mark Hughes amongst others, Stanley will be looking again to press for at least play-off place.

Chris Luke