Atherton Collieries can confirm the signing of young goalkeeper Jack Buckley, who signs with the Stripes from League One Accrington Stanley. The 18-year old stopper has impressed across his trial for the club over recent weeks, coming on as a late substitute in the games against Padiham & Bolton Wanderers before making a starting debut against 1874 Northwich on Tuesday night.
A local lad hailing from Atherton, the imposing keeper joins for his first taste of senior football having spent his prior development in the Accrington academy, and will provide competition for Nico Defreitas-Hansen in the Stripes goal. Jack has also made youth team appearances at Chorley and Laburnum Rovers.
On signing for the Colls, Jack says: "I’m excited to join the Colls because being from Atherton it’s great to be playing for a local club with a lot of tradition. I already know a few of the lads like Lewis Mansell and Jack Evans from my time with Accrington.My aim for the season is lots of clean sheets, I’m a goalkeeper who is always communicating with my back line and commanding my box and hope to show off my wide range of distribution.""I’m looking forward to proving myself to the manager and fighting for the number 1 spot!" Manager David Chadwick adds: "Jack is a big, strong lad with a lot of potential, and we're happy to bring him in to add competition to the squad!" For information on sponsoring Jack Buckley or any of our new or upcoming signings, please contact Nick at Nick@AthertonCollieries.co.uk Photograph used with thanks & credit to James Lobley