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Simmonds joins Stanley

1 February 2019

Club News

Simmonds joins Stanley

1 February 2019

Accrington Stanley have completed the signing of highly-rated young forward Okera Simmonds on a permanent deal, subject to FA and EFL ratification.

The 19-year-old joins the Reds as a free agent less than 24 hours after leaving Blackburn Rovers, putting pen to paper on an 18-month contract with the option of a further year.

Simmonds began his career in Manchester before being scouted by Liverpool as a 10-year-old, and came through their academy ranks before joining Rovers last year.

A former England international at youth level, the striker featured regularly in Rovers' U23s squad last season.

"I'm delighted that everything's been sorted," said Simmonds. "I want to focus on my future at the club and kick on from here.

"I think I've got everything in my locker as a striker. I can beat a man, run in behind, hold it up and link up, or drop deep and make things happen.

"I want to showcase what I can do and help the team because it's a good team and I think it's capable of good things."

Simmonds spoke to former Rovers loanee Matt Platt about the defender's time at Stanley prior to signing, and says he cannot wait to get started at the Wham Stadium.

"I've spoken to Platty and he says it's a good club to be at, that they play good football and that the fans are great.

"To get to where I want to go in my career I think the experience of first team football is what I need right now."

Simmonds will be given the No. 10 shirt.

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