Eckersley earns Stanley stay

Eckersley (right): Set to sign Accrington deal

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Accrington Stanley have completed the signing of Tom Eckersley after the defender impressed while on trial at the club recently.

Eckersley, released by Bolton at the end of the season, will sign a one-year deal in time for the start of the League Two campaign.

"I came here on trial a couple of weeks ago looking for a contract and that's what I've done. I must have impressed enough to get it," said the 20-year-old.

"There were a lot of lads here on trial at the start and I just had to believe in myself and do the best I could."

Stanley manager Paul Cook added: "Tom has impressed us in pre-season and now we're looking for him to continue improving.

"We have good competition in the centre of defence and that's a good thing for the team."