Stanley have completed the loan signing of promising West Bromwich Albion youngster Callam Jones.
The versatile defender has penned a deal which will keep him at the Wham Stadium for six months.
The England youth international is the sixth new face brought in by John Coleman this summer and linked up with his new team mates for the first day of pre-season this morning.
“It’s a bit crazy and a bit overwhelming to see all the new faces I guess,” explained the 20-year-old. “I’ve been at West Brom for so long and seen the same faces and now I’m coming into a new environment and seeing lots of new people trying to achieve the same thing. It’s good.
“This is what I need, to be playing men’s football. I’ve been playing under 21’s football for a while now so I’ve been at the same level. I think coming here will be a good learning curve for me.”
Manager Coleman is happy to have added another exciting player to his squad and wants Jones to make an impact in League Two.
“It’s a good chance for him,” he said. “He’s come through the ranks and played for England at under 17 and under 18 level and he’s desperate for his taste of men’s football basically and the chance to play in the Football League. We’ll give him that vehicle and hopefully he can shine and go back to his parent club with a chance of threatening the first team.
“That has to be the aim for loan players and players have come here and done that in the past with people like Rob Elliot, Darren Randolph, Tom Lees and more recently Brad Halliday. It happens, we’l give him the opportunity and hopefully he can take it.
“He’s versatile and that was in our minds when we signed him. First and foremost we want him to take the opportunity. We can give it to him but he has to take it.”