Accrington Stanley have signed Bulgarian goalkeeper Dimitar Evtimov on a permanent deal – and he could make his debut at Charlton Athletic today.

Evtimov, a free agent after his deal with Burton Albion expired, put pen to paper on an 18-month contract with the Reds and met up with the rest of the squad yesterday.

Stanley have been on the look-out for a new ‘keeper after Connor Ripley was recalled by parent club Middlesbrough and subsequently sold to Championship outfit Preston North End.

Jonny Maxted was handed the gloves in the 0-0 draw with Bristol Rovers, but now faces competition for his starting spot by 25-yar-old Evtimov who has been handed the No.30 shirt.

He began his career in his native Bulgaria, before joining Nottingham Forest in 2011, where he made three first team appearances for Forest, spending time on loan at Mansfield and Port Vale, before earning short-term contract in September 2018 with Burton Albion.

“It’s only my first day with the team but I feel great,” said Evtimov.

“I like to think I’m a very commanding goalkeeper and that I command my box really well.

“I’m a good shot-stopper, but then you have to be really for a goalkeeper.

“I’ve played in League One before, as well as the Championship, League Two and the Conference and Conference North, so I have a lot of experience throughout the leagues.

“I spoke to the gaffer about coming here, and the way he talked about the club and the things going on here really attracted me.

“I feel very good, I’m delighted to be here.”