Loan striker Ryan Cassidy is looking to hit the goal trail at Stanley as he has been doing for Watford’s Under 23s.
The highly-rated 19-year-old has just signed a new two-year deal with the Hornets but has come to the Wham Stadium on a season-long loan.
He hails from Ireland, making the switch to Watford when he was 16, and moved up to play for the Republic of Ireland Under 19s last season.
“I have been playing Under 23s since before I moved to England, luckily I was doing so well which is why I was pushed up.
“My best year was the FA Youth Cup last year where Watford got to the semi-finals against Liverpool and I think I scored eight goals in four or five games.
“I am a poacher, an Alan Shearer, I am quite strong for the size I am and I like to hold up the ball and roughen up the defenders.”
He admits the time was right for him to go out on loan – Stanley is his first time away from Watford.
“This year was the year I had to step up and get out of my comfort zone and luckily Accrington accepted me.
“Over the summer, me and my agent sat down and said I needed to go on loan so we were looking and thankfully John (Coleman) and Jimmy (Bell) came in for me.
“I am so excited to play in front of the fans when we can and to play men’s football is a challenge for me but one I am looking forward to.
“I have been welcomed from the minute I came in, they are all lovely people, all the players are a nice group and it looks great.”