Goalkeeper Alex Cisak is hoping to secure the Stanley Number One spot.
The former Leicester stopper is in competition with Ian Dunbavin for the ‘keeper’s jersey at the Crown Ground and Cisak, Stanley’s third summer signing, is hoping he can make it his own.
The 21-year-old was due to have a medical with the Reds today and, although Stanley are under a transfer embargo for being late in sending in last year’s accounts to Customs House, they are hoping it will be cleared up in the next week for Cisak to put pen to paper.
Cisak said: "It will be great to sign permanently. Probably better than a loan spell because it’s a new club and a fresh approach for me and I’ll be playing football.
"That’s the main thing for me, to get experience, hopefully move up and help the club go up in the league.
"I got released at the end of last season by Leicester and Gerry Taggart (Leicester reserve team manager) spoke to the gaffer and obviously they know each other quite well and he put in a good word for me and it went from there."
Cisak has dual Polish and Australian nationality. He continued: "I was born in Poland and moved to Australia when I was two and lived there for about 13 years and then I came over to England for trials.
"I signed for Leicester and was there for six years and I’ve played for the Australia Under 20s five times.
"It’s good to be here from the start because it’s quite hard to come in halfway through a season.
"Being here at the start means I can meet everyone and hopefully everyone does well."
Of himself he said: "I’m commanding, good off the deck kicking the ball and I’m a great shot stopper. I like to come for crosses and smash people as well!"
Stanley boss John Coleman said: "All we are waiting for is for Alex to have a medical as everything else is agreed.
"He is a good goalkeeper with a great personality and has settled in well.
"There is still the embargo but I am not worried about that."
Stanley have snapped up striker Craig Lindfield, Cisak and defender Michael Hall so far but are running the rule over a number of trialists after they returned to pre-season training on Monday.
Former Macclesfield defender Sean Hessey, who can play in the centre of defence or left back, is one of a number trying to impress Reds boss Coleman.
Ex-Hull players James Bennett and Matt Plummer; Bradford defender Jon Bateson and ex-Burnley players Ben Hoskin and Liam Newman are all on trial.
The Reds, though, have suffered a blow as John Miles, who had agreed a deal, has signed for Fleetwood but Coleman believes this will give young widemen Chris Turner and Sean McConville their big chance.
"It’s a big season for both Chris and Sean," said the Reds boss. "It is up to them to stake a claim for a first team place and do well for us.
"I am having a look at the trialists although it is a lot of running so far so we are assessing fitness.
"I also have one or two other irons in the fire."
Coleman and assistant Jimmy Bell are still waiting to sign a three-year contract extension. This has been going on a while with the Reds boss still not sure what’s happening.
"It’s like deja vu at the moment as I am asked the question and it is still the same answer. I am waiting for the contract to be put in front of me to sign."
l STANLEY’S first pre-season friendly is a week tomorrow at Burscough.