John Coleman is keen on a move for David Dunn after the Blackburn midfielder revealed he’d like to play for Stanley.
Dunn is leaving Ewood Park at the end of his contract this summer and has spoken in the media about his fondness for his other local club.
The Stanley manager is planning to sit down with the former England midfielder and see if a deal can be done.
“David’s made no secret of the fact he would love to finish his career at Accrington,” said Coleman. “He’s still a fantastic footballer, a great lad as well, and I think his presence around the ground and around the team, it wouldn’t just give the fans a lift.
“It could act like a couple of catalysts we’ve had in the past, Mike Marsh for one. He came in as a player and really galvanised us and got the players believing in us as a team. Paul Cook did pretty much the same job.”
Coley admitted it wasn’t a surprise to hear comments from the midfielder about how keen he would be to pull on the shirt one day.
“It wasn’t a bombshell to us, we have spoken to him before about it,” he explained. “It hasn’t come out of the blue for us. We’ll see what happens.
“We are hoping to speak to him (again) this week.”
The Reds boss is open minded about how any deal could work but thinks that a move to the Store First Stadium could allow Dunn to take his first strides into coaching and a career once he hands up his boots.
“Obviously it would give him a great step into management and we would take him onto the coaching staff,” he added. “But we’ve got to speak to him first and see how that pans out.
“If it’s right for him and it’s right for us we’ll let it happen, if it’s not we’ll wish him all the best wherever he goes.”