Johnny Bateson has set his sights on forcing his way into John Coleman’s starting XI after penning a one-year deal at the Crown Ground.
The Reds boss wasted no time in snapping up the 20-year-old defender after the former Blackburn Rovers trainee impressed during a trial spell.
And Bateson, who spent last season at Bradford City, is determined to secure a regular place in Accrington's back four after a stop start season at Valley Parade.
"My aim is to nail down a starting place," said Bateson, who lives in Preston.
"I hope to be in the team every week and then progress from there.
"I’m an exciting player hopefully. I like to defend but I like to get forward as well.
"I like to get forward as much as I can, get crosses in, support the winger and do whatever I can do.
"But first and foremost I’m a defender so it’s all about stopping them scoring."
He added: "I was very in and out of the team at Bradford really.
"If I played one week I wouldn’t play the next so it was hard to get a rhythm going, but obviously I enjoyed my time there as it’s my first bit of league experience.
"I was only playing youth football and reserve team football at Blackburn before that so it was good to start somewhere and hopefully I can build on that this season.
"It’s always nice to have a bit of experience behind you.
"I had quite a few games for Bradford which can only be a good thing really."