Stanley new boy Ben Richards-Everton already feels at home at the Wham Stadium having won himself a contract.

The towering defender has been training with the Reds throughout pre-season and signed a one year contract at the weekend.

Richards-Everton has been impressed with the togetherness at the club and the players have made a good impression on the former Dunfermline and Partick Thistle man.

“I’ve had trials for pretty much all of my career really,” he said. “I went up to Scotland for three years and I didn’t know anyone up there and it was pretty much the same here where I didn’t know anyone. The day I came in all the boys made me feel welcome straight away and that helped a lot.

“The manager is trying to drill into the lads that it’s important to be in the habit of winning games and that winning mentality. As I’ve said, the lads all get on really well with each other and I think a massive part of getting promoted is having a good changing room. That’s something we have here. The lads are really good, we’re together and there’s no reason why we can’t get the points we need and look to get promoted.

“They’ve made a really good impression on me. There are some really good players here and obviously that’s important as well. You need good players if you want to get promoted and so far it’s been as good as I expected here.”

“After injury I needed a good pre-season under my belt and that’s what I think I’m getting at the minute. It’s important to get as many minutes under my belt as I can and get that match sharpness under my belt.”

The 25-year-old will compete with Mark Hughes and Omar Beckles to be a first choice centre back and is looking forward to the challenge of his first taste of the Football League already.

“I played in the top three divisions in Scotland, the Premiership, Championship and League One and I’m ready to test myself in England and see where I can take myself.

“I think competition is important, no matter what position you play in. It can only be a good thing to have a few centre halves here and hopefully it’ll make everyone better.”