Stanley manager John Coleman believes Omar Beckles is ‘going to be a star' and the defender is out to make an impression if he makes his league debut tomorrow.
The 24-year-old joined the Reds this summer after being Aldershot's Player of the Season, ending a six year spell in non-league football.
He is hoping to be in Coleman's starting XI as they face relegated Doncaster Rovers tomorrow in the opening game of the League Two season at the Wham Stadium.
“The start of the league season has been playing on my mind all pre-season to be honest,” said Beckles.
“You just want the season to get going. I've been buzzing about it for ages. I can't wait. I'll be thinking about it and dreaming about it all week and can't wait.
“My first game would be my Football League debut and that's something that I've been looking forward to for a long time. It would really mean something to me so I'm hoping that I can be in that team for the first game of the season and long may that continue after that.
“When you're in the scrap of trying to get out of non-league it can be a very dark place. You're working and it feels like a tough battle to get from part time to full time football but I never doubted my ability it was just about that opportunity arising and as soon as I got it I knew I would take it.
“I'm a strong believer that the cream always rises to the top and hopefully I can show that. The more opportunities I get at this level I hope the more I will show my quality and be able to impress.”
Beckles is one of eleven new signings so far at the Wham Stadium with another returning for what he hopes will be his second Stanley debut.
Goalkeeper Aaron Chapman was on loan from Chesterfield with the Reds a couple of seasons ago until a serious injury cut short his Stanley career.
He has now signed permanently and is competing with Elliot Parish for the starting place between the sticks.
“It's a massive season for me as I have come here and want to get some games under my belt,” said Chapman. “We want to push on and build on what the lads did last year. I think both me and Elliot will thrive off the competition.”
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