Ben Barclay has become the third Stanley trialist to pen a permanent deal with the club.

The Reds have boosted their defensive ranks with the addition of the 22-year-old who left Brighton earlier this summer.

The central defender has signed a one-year contract with the option of a further 12 months.

Stanley have brought in two full-backs in Zaine Francis-Angol and Joe Maguire, with centre-back Barclay becoming the third defender to sign for the club in just four days.

Barclay began his career with Manchester City before moving to Brighton 2013.

Barclay made his only senior appearance for The Seagulls in their EFL Cup defeat to Southampton in August 2018, before joining Notts County five months later, playing 13 times and scoring one goal.

Stanley manager John Coleman said of his sixth summer signing: “He is a promising defender from Brighton, he came through at Manchester City so he is technically a very good footballer.

“He had an opportunity last season in League Two with Notts County and it’s a chance for him to kick on in League One and get more league experience under his belt.”

He joins Francis-Angol, Maguire, Lamine Kaba Sherif, Colby Bishop and Joe Pritchard in signing for the Reds this summer.