Harrogate Railway winger Josh Windass joins Accrington Stanley

Harrogate Railway in action against Salford City last season

Harrogate Railway in action against Salford City last season

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Harrogate Railway star Josh Windass has signed a professional contract at Accrington Stanley.

The 19-year-old, son of ex-professional footballer Dean, impressed on trial at Stanley and has featured in pre-season friendlies against Everton, Oldham and Tranmere Rovers.

The League Two side are player-managed by former Premier League striker James Beattie, narrowly avoided relegation to the Conference Premier last season.

Windass’ exciting trickery from the wing impressed Railway followers last season but he missed six weeks of the Evo-Stik season when on trial at Manchester City.

The wide midfielder shone on his final Railway outing against Mossley before he was carried off with a dislocated arm.

Railway boss Billy Miller said: “I’m over the moon for him. He deserves it.

“He works hard and never gives up.

“It goes to show if you want a platform there’s nothing wrong with coming out of the game and then getting back into it.

“It’s a great opportunity for him. He’s level heads and know what he needs to do.

Miller has signed former Harrogate Town ace Rob Youhill and Zimbabwean Tinotenda Chibharo to replace the talented winger.

He said: “We are losing a really exciting player but as John goes out Tino and Rob come in. As one door shuts another one opens.

“The players coming in are a bit more mature than Josh.”

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