AFC Fylde are delighted to confirm the permanent signing of Ethan Mitchell on a two-year contract, subject to FA approval.

Mitchell enjoyed a successful loan spell at Mill Farm from Wigan Athletic during the second half of the 2023/24 Vanarama National League season, making 18 appearances and scoring two vital goals in victories away at Oldham Athletic and at home to Gateshead.

The 21-year-old Liverpudlian became a fan favourite with his superb performances for Chris Beech’s men in defensive and midfield roles.

And following his loan, Mitchell has now agreed a permanent deal to remain on the Fylde Coast until at least the summer of 2026.

A player with experience in the English Football League with the likes of Wigan and Plymouth Argyle, where he turned professional with the Pilgrims, Mitchell brings added depth to the squad in preparation for the upcoming campaign.

Mitchell said: “I am absolutely delighted to finally get something over the line, leading back into the new season. I now want to focus on getting myself into the best shape I can.

“When I came here last season, I felt good, I really enjoyed my football. When the opportunity arose to come back it was a decision I couldn’t really say no to. I really want to push on this year and make this season special.

“A few clubs were interested in me, but it was never a hard decision when Fylde showed their interest!”

Head Coach Chris Beech commented: “It’s a statement signing, supported and backed by everyone at the club.

“Ethan and I have a great relationship and I thank him for having the faith in me to take him through the next stages of his career.

“I think that he has a lot of room to improve, he excelled out of position last season and was always a standout player.

“When I first signed Ethan, it was mainly to cover the centre backs. We were on thin ice in that position. The player showed his class and adaptability to help the team out, he just loves to win the ball back.

“It’s a great signing for Fylde, it’s a massive building block in the right direction and I am over the moon that the deal has gone through.” 

Everyone at AFC Fylde would like to welcome Ethan back to the club!

Ethan is signed-up for the 2024/25 season, and now you can by purchasing an AFC Fylde season ticket by CLICKING HERE