The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Nick Lough

WITH the gos­sip col­umns go­ing into over­drive as we head to­wards the Jan­uary win­dow, Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley’s in-form mid­fielder Josh Win­dass has learned from his mis­takes as he bats away trans­fer ru­mours.

The 20-year-old star­let has been the stand-out per­former in the League Two side’s stel­lar start to the 2015-16 cam­paign, notch­ing ten goals in all tour­na­ments to fire Stan­ley into the play-off spots.

The win­ter trans­fer win­dow will spark the sec­ond time Win­dass – the son of for­mer Hull City and Brad­ford striker Dean – will have been linked to a move up the English lad­der.

The young­ster is adamant he won’t pay too much at­ten­tion to the sto­ries sur­round­ing his fu­ture af­ter ad­mit­ting he had de­bated a po­ten­tial sum­mer move away from the club.

Win­dass told The FLP: “It’s really nice to be linked to big­ger clubs as it shows that peo­ple are ap­pre­ci­at­ing what you’re do­ing on the pitch; how­ever it can have neg­a­tive ef­fects.

“You can take your mind off your game and spend more time lis­ten­ing to ru­mours and I think to­wards the end of the last trans­fer win­dow I had a dip in form. Maybe I was think­ing about that but I spoke to the gaffer and it all got wiped out of my head.”


For­merly of Hud­der­s­field Town, Win­dass played along­side good friend and for­mer team-mate Matt Crooks in the club’s youth team.

Now joined by the com­bat­ive mid­fielder at Ac­cring­ton af­ter his move from the Ter­ri­ers, the pair have been in the spot­light at the Crown Ground.

“We’ve been play­ing to­gether since we were 14 at Hud­der­s­field,” he said.

“When he came to Ac­cring­ton I knew I al­ready had a good re­la­tion­ship with him on the pitch as I know what he’s go­ing to do when he’s on the ball.

“We have a great un­der­stand­ing and he sits just be­hind me on the pitch and we link up quite well, it’s like Tetris in the team some­times when one player moves for­ward and the other drops in their place!

“With Crooksy also re­ceiv­ing in­ter­est, we spoke about it all and we agreed that it’s best to fo­cus on stuff at Ac­cring­ton and ig­nore all of the ru­mours fly­ing about.”

There’s a youth­ful look to Stan­ley’s squad this sea­son in com­par­i­son to re­cent years, with the squad tra­di­tion­ally fea­tur­ing a host of sea­soned pros such as Ian Dun­bavin, Danny Web­ber and James Beat­tie.

With the av­er­age age of the side that won 3-2 at Cam­bridge United last Satur­day just 23-years-old, Win­dass be­lieves the dy­namic look to the team is a ma­jor fac­tor to­wards their suc­cess.

He said: “Ev­ery­body who is here is young, and that’s part of the suc­cess in my opin­ion.

“Ev­ery­body wants to make a ca­reer for them­selves and we have some­thing to prove in foot­ball.

“We all look to­wards the fu­ture and bet­ter­ing our­selves; we have such a tal­ented group of 18 and 19-year-olds who can’t break into the team, but would slot in seam­lessly if a few of us moved on.

“We have no egos in the squad, just a bunch of lads that come in and just want to ping balls about and play foot­ball.”


Un­beaten in five prior to Satur­day’s trip to York City, Stan­ley were fifth and had a game in hand af­ter their mid­week match against Hartle­pool was called off due to a wa­ter­logged pitch.

With talk of sneak­ing into the top seven sur­round­ing the Lan­cashire club, Win­dass shared that he and the team have far greater am­bi­tions.

“Ev­ery­one around the club be­lieves we can get au­to­matic pro­mo­tion this sea­son,” he said.

“It’s the only the aim on ev­ery­body’s mind, and to get into the play-offs now we would con­sider it a fail­ure.

“This year we’ve played al­most ev­ery team so far and maybe apart from Ox­ford I’ve not seen any­one who is bet­ter than us.”

PIC­TURE: Me­dia Im­age

STAN­LEY STAR: Ac­cring­ton’s Josh Win­dass, left, cel­e­brates a goal and his dad Dean, be­low inset

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