ACCRINGTON Stanley have signed former Oldham Athletic goalkeeper Luke Simpson after a successful trial.

The 19-year-old featured in Stanley’s 2-0 friendly win over Chorley on Friday after also starting in a behind closed doors game against Birmingham City.

Simpson has signed a six-month contract to solve the club’s goalkeeping problems, after losing their only senior stopper Andrew Dawber to injury.

The Reds open their League Two season at home to Southend United on Saturday.

“Luke’s come in and shown us that he’s a good keeper with a lot of potential,” said Beattie.

“He’s impressed us in training and in games, and this is a great opportunity for him.”

Simpson is pleased to have penned a deal and said: “Everyone’s so happy here and loves being here. That’s what I want.

“I’m a positive person and I like to have positive people around me and the manager is who he is and is a top manager. It’s a homely, family sort of environment.

“The way the team have been playing since I’ve been here has been great. I was on the bench for the Burnley game, which I thought they did really well in, and the Altrincham game.

“Then I played for the reserves at Birmingham and against Chorley.

“Each game I’ve played in or seen they’ve been good and I can see a good start to the season hopefully and then we can kick on from there.”