Accrington Stanley: Southport striker Dion Charles signs for undisclosed fee
Accrington Stanley have signed striker Dion Charles from National League North side Southport for an undisclosed fee.
The Preston-born former Northern Ireland Under-21 international, who began his career at Blackpool, has signed a two-year contract, with the option of a further year.
Charles, 23, spent two seasons with AFC Fylde before joining Fleetwood in 2016.
He then returned to non-league football with Southport for an undisclosed fee in January 2018.
Charles becomes League One side Stanley's 12th signing of the summer transfer window.
"I watched quite a bit of Dion at the back end of last season, during pre-season and at the start of this season," said Stanley manager John Coleman.
"He's impressed me the way he conducts himself on the pitch. He works his socks off, he's a good footballer and he's got an eye for goal.
"He's got good pace, and he's played men's football a lot, and this is a chance for him to reignite his career."
They are due to host Sunderland in the EFL Cup on Tuesday before visiting AFC Wimbledon in the league on Saturday.
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