Accrington Stanley will have goalkeeping coach Tony Warner on the bench tomorrow after signing him on a playing contract to act as cover.

The 44-year-old was announced as Stanley’s new goalkeeping coach in July following the departure of Billy Stewart.

Boss John Coleman has been on the hunt for a stopper to rival Jonny Maxted, following Aaron Chapman’s departure to Peterborough earlier this summer but has been thwarted in his attempts to bring in a loan keeper.

Warner, who was at Stanley three years ago but didn’t make an appearance, has played at Fulham and been at Liverpool and Hull as well as playing in Scotland and in the Football League. He has also played and coached in Australia, Malta and India.

“Obviously Tony is very experienced, he is our goalkeeping coach but he is still very fit and we know, if he is needed, he can play at this level,” said manager John Coleman.

“We are still on the hunt for a goalkeeper but it’s been a frustrating search so far.”

Warner, who stands at 6ft 4in, said: “It’s good to be back in the Football League coaching at this level. I didn’t expect to be on the bench but I am ready to step up to the plate if necessary.”