New signing Frazer Shaw fits the Accrington Stanley profile perfectly – he is young and hungry for success.
The 21-year-old began his career at Arsenal and West Ham’s Academy before being released.
The left back played for Billericay Town and Dulwich Hamlet in non-league before being picked up by Leyton Orient last season, where he played around 30 games.
Shaw, who has played for England C alongside Stanley’s Matty Pearson, has signed for a two-year-deal at the Wham Stadium.
“The management team here have a lot of experience and they have said they want young, hungry players and that’s what I am,” said Shaw.
“I want to come here and do well for myself, for the team and hopefully help us to promotion.
“I know Matty Pearson from England days and I know he slotted in as left back last season and, as I am a left footed player, hopefully I will add some balance to the team.
“I do like to get forward, I enjoy joining in with play, but my main job is defensive.”
Shaw admitted that while getting released from West Ham in 2014 was hard, it did help him.
“When I went into non-league, to me it was just part of my journey and I believed in myself and my journey.
“I really enjoyed playing at Dulwich, it was back to reality for me really and it was a good club. Then I got my chance to go to Leyton Orient where I learnt a lot from playing alongside mature players who have played a lot of games.
“Now I have signed with Accrington and it was a great to have the chance to stay in the league and they obviously did really well last season. Now I want to push on with them and help them get promoted. It’s a great opportunity for me.”