Sam Finley admits his chance in Stanley’s first team has come sooner than expected – but he has gripped it with both hands.
The midfielder signed from AFC Fylde in the summer and has started the last three League One games, with two draws and a win.
“When I came in, I knew the gaffer would be loyal to the team which won the League Two title and deservedly so,” said the 26-year-old.
“I thought it would be at least ten games where I would be plucking away and coming off the bench so it’s great that the gaffer has put faith in me so early.
“I have jumped up two leagues but I think I have found my feet in this league and found my way into the team.
“I love it here, it’s a big step up, it’s a great atmosphere, a great environment and a great place to be.”
Finley has been playing further forward, supporting Billy Kee.
“It’s a different role and one I am getting used to, doing all the running! It is something I don’t mind, I am happy to play any role.”
Finley is hoping to help Stanley chalk up their first win at the Wham Stadium of the 2018/19 season as they take on Scunthorpe tomorrow.
“I think it’s been a solid start, eight points after five games, but it’s important, especially for the fans, that we win our home games.
“You can never write us off in games, we show a great never-say-die attitude, shown at Oxford and Blackpool with late goals, but we know it is important to get the first goal in games, especially at home as it gets everyone going.”