GOALKEEPER Andrew Dawber has left Accrington Stanley by mutual consent following the arrival of Tony Warner.

Dawber made his Stanley debut aged 17 during Paul Cook’s time as manager and has previously trained with Manchester United and Liverpool after his shot-stopping skills earned admiration from elsewhere.


But he has been unable to secure a first-team spot as Stanley instead signed a succession of goalkeepers.

Stanley have used eight different keepers in competitive matches this season, but Dawber has not been one of them.

Accrington signed 40-year-old Warner last week and Dawber has now taken the decision to depart the club he joined when he was 14 as he seeks first-team football.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here but it hasn’t worked out,” said the 20-year-old, who has had loan spells at Marine and Clitheroe.

“I will have to look at myself as to why it hasn’t worked out for me and see if I could have done more and why it’s happened.

“I have loved my time at Accrington Stanley, I love my team-mates and I feel sad at leaving but I have to now look to the future.

“I want to thank the fans, my team-mates and everyone who has supported me at Accrington Stanley.”

Manager John Coleman said: “Andrew has been frustrated. I recently brought in Tony Warner as cover as Dawbs has been injured. He thinks his chances are limited with us so he has asked to leave and we are not going to stand in his way.”