Symes steers Stockely to settle

Stockley: Settling in well

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New Accrington signing Jayden Stockley has thanked former Stanley striker Michael Symes for helping him settle into life in Lancashire.

The 18-year-old forward made his Reds debut from the bench in the weekend win over Bristol Rovers after joining on a one-month loan from Bournemouth, where he shares a dressing room with Symes.

"I took some advice from Michael Symes before I came," Stockley told Accrington's official website. "He's a great lad and a great player as well and he gave me a lot of information about the place even down to where to stay.

"That's helped me settle in well and if I can do as good a job as he did then I'll be happy."

Stockley - who burst onto the scene at Bournemouth by making his debut as a 15-year-old - now has his sights set on impressing Accrington boss John Coleman after being made available for Saturday's FA Cup trip to Notts County.

"I'm looking forward to a full week's training now, showing the manager what I can do and then a big FA Cup game next week that I'm delighted I can play in," he added.