STRIKER Marcus Carver has signed for National League North side Chorley following his release from Accrington Stanley.

The 22-year-old will join the Magpies when his contract at the Wham Stadium expires.

Despite Carver being under the age of 24, Chorley will not be required to pay Stanley, who had offered Carver a new contract, any compensation.

It will be a second spell at Victory Park for Carver who had a three month loan spell with Matt Jansen's side at the beginning of last season, making eight starts and scoring three goals.

Carver, who manages Accrington-based football side St Joseph's Ladies, made 44 appearances for Stanley after coming through the Reds ranks, scoring four times. Those goals included a strike in Stanley's shock 2-1 away win over Middlesbrough in the Capital One Cup in 2013.

He has also spent time on loan with Marine, Halifax Town and Barrow.

Carver becomes Chorley's seventh new signing of the summer following the arrivals of Matt Challoner and Adam Blakeman (from Southport), Scott Leather and Josh O’Keefe (from Altrincham), Steven Jordan (Fleetwood Town) and Sefton Gonzales (Clitheroe).