DEFENDER Leam Richardson is the latest member of Stanley's squad to commit to their assault on the Football League.
Accrington boss John Coleman confirmed that Richardson is staying with the Conference champions following an impressive first season with the club.
Richardson, 26, spent all of last term on non-contract terms but is now expected to pen a 12-month deal at the Fraser Eagle Stadium.
"I'm pleased because he is a very good player and did well for us last season," said Coleman.
Richardson, who started his career at Blackburn Rovers before spells with Bolton and Blackpool, joined Stanley on the eve of the 2005/06 campaign before going on to make the left-back berth his own.
Despite blotting his copybook slightly with back-to-back red cards during the title run-in, Richardson played a key role in Stanley's championship success and will bring welcome League experience to their tilt at League Two.
Coleman is now close to securing the futures of most of last season's successful squad, with midfielder Mark Boyd also being offered a new contract.
However, the former Carlisle and Port Vale schemer, 24, must prove his fitness during pre-season to confirm his place in Coleman's plans.
The Stanley boss was also close to finalising the position of winger Andy Todd following further talks this week, which leaves just defender Andy Welch's position up in the air.
Welch is thought to be keen to stay with Accrington after becoming a regular in the Reds back four following his arrival from Macclesfield Town.
But other League clubs have expressed an interest in the 22-year-old with Stockport, Walsall and Port Vale all believed to be keeping tabs on the powerful centre-back.
Meanwhile, the Accrington pair of Ian Craney and Gary Roberts are still to finish their season as they look to guide England to the Four Nations title. The duo helped the defending champions get off to a winning start with a 2-0 win over Ireland in Eastbourne on Tuesday night.
Roberts played a vital role after coming off the bench to create both goals for Northwich midfielder Michael Carr and Grays Athletic striker Dennis Oli.
Carr had replaced Craney but the Accrington man was hoping to shake off a minor hamstring strain in time to face Wales in the potentially decisive game of the tournament last night.
- FORMER Stanley striker Liam Watson has left his post as Southport manager.
Watson led Port to the Conference North title in 2005 and then kept them in the top-flight this season.
However, Southport's switch to full-time status means the 35-year-old can no long continue to combine management with his regular job and so leaves Haig Avenue by mutual consent.
- ALTRINCHAM have been relegated from the Conference after failing to overturn an 18-point deduction imposed for playing an ineligible player.
James Robinson played without international clearance and an appeal against the punishment imposed by the Conference was thrown out by the FA.
Robinson, 23, played a reserve game for Accrington earlier this season but was never registered by the club, which earned Stanley a small fine.