Stanley boss James Beattie will give the players training with his squad and looking to win contracts a chance to impress in this week’s pre-season friendlies.
The Reds travel to Altrincham tonight as Beattie continues preparations for the new campaign.
A number of new faces have been around the Store First Stadium in recent weeks, including former Everton goalkeeper Iain Turner, ex-Norwich midfielder Michael Clunan, former Rochdale youngster Connor Martin and Australian left back Charlie Beverley, and the hopefuls are now set to take centre stage.
“We’ve got two games this week, against Altrincham and behind closed doors at Birmingham on Wednesday,” said Beattie.
“That’s a good opportunity for me to get a proper look at the lads who have been training with us. They’ve only played bit parts in the games so far but that’s because I want to get the minutes into our lads’ legs and make sure that we’re fully prepared.
“They’ve been training with us for a while now, we’ve had to let some go and it’s like a little conveyor belt at the moment. That’s no disrespect to the players that have come and gone, it’s just the way it is. We need to be a club that takes players on trial for us to have a look at. We only have 15 contracted players at the moment and we’ll need more than that to go through a season!”
Joining the group for Saturday’s friendly defeat to Burnley was striker Lee Wort, who scored over 50 goals for non-league Sholing FC as they won the FA Vase last season.
The 22-year-old played 20 minutes as a second half substitute and Beattie is keen to see more of him.
“I’ve monitored Lee’s progress for a couple of seasons and my friends in Southampton swear by him,” he explained. “I believe that everyone deserves an opportunity and this is Lee’s. I’ve explained to him what I’ll be looking for from him and it’s a great chance for him.
“He knows where the net is and he works hard for the team. That’s paramount for the way that we want to play. The forward line is the first form of defence and I suppose if you know where the net is then you know where the net is, simple as that. We just have to get the ball into areas where he can convert chances.”