Stanley defender Liam Goulding has been handed a new contract with the club and is looking to fill a gap created by senior players leaving the club.

The 19-year-old youth team product has agreed a new 12 month deal at the Store First Stadium.

And after impressing in a loan spell with Witton Albion last season the former youth team captain wants to make the step up to League Two.

“There are a few big players that have left the club recently in my position and I hope that can be a way in for me and a chance to prove myself,” he explained.

“I’m really feeling the benefit of going out on loan. I needed games and experience and I got that last season. I think I played about 30 odd games and I think I’ve developed and come on as a result and hopefully I can push for a place back at Accrington now.

“I’ve got that experience now and I’m another year older. I’ve got physically bigger so hopefully I’m more ready in that respect now too.

“I was still training here every day and then playing for Witton so I know the players here and the management and what they ask for. I’ve had that chance to train with them but the extra bonus of playing regularly too.”

Goulding is the latest young prospect to commit his future to Stanley and will be joined by a trio of new professionals in Max Hazeldine, Keenan Quansah and Max Hazeldine in the first team squad next season.

Manager John Coleman has already recruited three players in their early 20s in Tom Davies, Matty Pearson and Adam Morgan and Goulding thinks that can only be a positive sign.

“It’s exciting to hear the manager say that he wants young, hungry players next season,” he said. “I think that means that younger lads will get chances and hopefully I can be one of them. It’s just about me taking that chance when it comes my way.

“Pre-season is a big time for me. I’m hoping to come back fitter than ever and ready to go. I’ve then got to see what happens in the pre-season games and hopefully I’ll get the chance to impress at some point. If I can be in and around the squad come the first game of the season that’ll be great.

“I played with the three (first year pro) lads in the youth team when they were first years. It’s good to see that they’ve come on and developed and I think that having more young players around will help us to push each other on.”