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SIGNING: Russell signs for the Reds

Midfielder Jon Russell joins the club on a season-long loan from Chelsea

2 October 2020

Accrington Stanley have today completed the signing of midfielder Jon Russell from Chelsea on a season-long loan.

Hounslow-born Russell, who is a tall box-to-box midfielder, has been at Chelsea since the Under-7 age group.

The 19-year-old signed his first professional at Stamford Bridge in October 2017, and he has made a total of five appearances in the EFL Trophy for Chelsea Under-21s.

Russell grabbed two goals during those five appearances, including a last-minute winner against Plymouth Argyle to send the Blues through to the knockout stages of last season's competition.

The midfielder joins fellow Chelsea loanee Tariq Uwakwe at the Wham Stadium, with the latter having scored four goals since signing for the club.

After joining the Reds, Russell explained what the fans can expect of him and that he has already spoken to Uwakwe about the way the team plays.

"It's been in the air for quite a bit but I'm pleased that it's done and I'm excited to get started.

"It's a big step and I've always wanted to play men's football, and I know it's going to help me in my progression as a footballer and improve my career.

"The fans can expect a box-to-box midfielder who is good technically, I like to get goals and make things happen, and I always want to help the team.

"I spoke with Tariq to see how Accrington play and a bit about the club and it seems like it's a good club, and he's helped me a lot."

The move is subject to Premier League, EFL and FA ratification, with Russell set to wear the number 8 shirt during his time at the club.

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