Marcus Carver is hoping winning the Conference North title with Barrow will spur him on to Stanley success.

The 21-year-old has signed a new one-year deal with the Reds and knows this is now a big season coming up as he looks to make his mark on the first team.

Last season, the striker did start a number of games for Stanley early in the campaign, scoring three goals, but went out to Barrow on loan from February until the end of the campaign and played his part in helping the Bluebirds reach the Conference.

Now he has signed a new deal at the Store First Stadium and wants to enjoy that winning feeling more.

“With Barrow, it’s the first time I have won promotion and it was a great feeling,” said Great Harwood-born Carver, who has his title-winning medal hung up in his house.

“I was playing out on the wing for Barrow and made eight assists and it was a great experience  – I hope I can enjoy more promotions.

“Looking forward, it is a big season for me. I have been at Accrington for six years now, since my youth team days, and for the last few years, I have been on the fringes of the first team and every year wondered if I will get a new contract and thankfully I have.

“Every year in which I have been in the first team, I have improved my goal tally – I got none in my first year, one in my second season and last season, I got three. Now hopefully I can improve on that.”

Carver, who has also spent time on loan at Marine, Fylde and Halifax in previous seasons, scored his first league goal against Oxford last season, a wonder goal against Carlisle in the Johnstone Paints Trophy clash and his first FA Cup goal against Notts County.

“I am out to prove any doubters wrong,” said Carver. “Some might be questioning why I have got another contract here but the gaffer has had enough faith in me and I want to prove to him I am worth it.

“The gaffer has seen something in me and I just need to get a run of games under my belt. I have another year as a professional footballer and hopefully I will get my chance in the team and score more goals.”