Stanley captain Terry Gornell is ready and raring to go ahead of the team’s return to the Wham Stadium on Saturday.

The striker has now shaken off the effects of an Achilles problem having returned to the starting eleven for last weekend’s draw at Notts County.

Now he’s looking to make an impact on and off the field, starting with leading the Reds to a home win against Northampton.

“I was made up to get the armband and I was really looking forward to the season,” he said. “Getting knocks is always going to be part and parcel of my game but I feel fit, I’ve played a lot of minutes and I feel good.

“It can only be healthy that there’s competition (and nobody is guaranteed their place.) There’s competition all over the place. This is the best Accrington squad I’ve been involved with and with the numbers we’ve brought in it can only be good for everyone.

“The likes of myself, Andy Procter and Anthony Barry have got to help the younger lads. There’s a lot of talent in the squad but there will be periods throughout the season where it doesn’t go great as at the start of the season. We thought we should have had all three points from Luton and we were devastated when the goal went in at the end but it’s up to us to talk these lads through it and let them know what league football is all about. Our experience can only help them.”