Harvey Rodgers was relieved to beat last night’s 11pm deadline and seal a deadline day return to Accrington Stanley.

The defender admitted he thought any deal to rejoin the Reds from Fleetwood Town wasn’t going to happen, when he woke up yesterday morning.

The transfer began to move yesterday evening, but still left the 21-year-old with a nervous couple of hours to see if Stanley could get the deal done in time.

“I knew of Accrington’s interest throughout the window, but waking up yesterday morning I thought that I would be staying with Fleetwood,” he said. “At about 6:30pm, I got the phone call to say it was happening, it all moved pretty quickly from then. It was a big relief to find out that we’d beaten the clock.

“To sign a permanent deal is pleasing, it shows the staff here thought that I did well last season and hopefully I can repay that faith.”

Rodgers initially joined the Reds on-loan from Hull in January 2017, and after impressing, moved to League One side Fleetwood Town in the summer.

But, after making just five appearances for the League One side, he’s returned to the Wham Stadium looking for regular football and wanting to help the club to promotion.

“The lads have set things up well in the first half of this season,” he added. “We have a good platform and I hope I can come in and help to push us over the line and win that promotion.”

Rodgers will wear his old number 32 shirt for his second spell with the Reds.

You can read more from our deadline day signing in Saturday’s match day programme.