Eckersley earns Stanley stay

Eckersley, released by Bolton at the end of the season, will sign a

one-year deal in time for the start of the League Two campaign. “I

came here on trial a couple of weeks ago looking for a contract and

that’s what I’ve done. I must have impressed enough to get it,”

said the 20-year-old. “There were a lot of lads here on trial at

the start and I just had to believe in myself and do the best I

could.” Stanley manager Paul Cook added: “Tom has impressed us in

pre-season and now we’re looking for him to continue improving. “We

have good competition in the centre of defence and that’s a good

thing for the team.”