Liam Coyle admits this season is a big one for him as he fights for a first team place after signing an improved two-year deal.
Midfielder Coyle, 22, joined the Reds in July 2021 after coming through Liverpool’s Academy.
He has made 22 first team appearances for Stanley last season, scoring his first league goal against Fleetwood but also collecting his first red card against MK Dons.
“It means a lot to me to sign this new contract,” said Coyle. “I came in last season and I felt I had a point to prove, I had a year’s contract and knew I had to knuckle down and work hard and do my best to get into the first team.
“When I signed I was with the Under-23s and I was enjoying myself but I always knew I wanted to make the step up into the first team. I was biding my time, waiting for my chance and thankfully I got it, which I was very grateful for.
“I like to think I took it and worked hard and I am looking forward to continuing my journey here.
“There have been ups and downs along the way, different learning curves, getting sent off, it’s all new to me the men’s game but I thrive in that environment and I feel like I am a good part of the group now.”
Coyle admitted he has learnt to curb some of his aggression in the game after picking up seven yellow cards as well last season.
“I think you can get away with things more in the Under-23s but when I came into the first team I was getting booked almost every game. I think, though, towards the end of the season, I calmed down a little bit, probably after the red card.
“I have got to keep learning, keep improving myself and I know I can be better on the ball at times.
“It is tough. There are a lot of centre midfielders here. It is a big squad but it’s good competition for places and you have got to be at it every day, every game. If you slack off you lose your place so you have to keep working hard and keep trying to better yourself.
“I always feel pressure, I have spoke about it in the past but now I use it to my advantage rather than it being a negative. It keeps me on my toes and I want to fight for a place in this team.”
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