AFC Fylde have bolstered their goalkeeping ranks with the signing of Motherwell stopper Russell Griffiths.

The 22-year-old has penned a one-year deal, with the option of a second, subject to international clearance.

After graduating from Everton’s academy, Griffiths spent time out on loan at League Two side Cheltenham before heading north of the border to Motherwell.

The young stopper, capped three times by England Under-20s, impressed whilst in Scotland and secured a permanent move last summer.

Griffiths will provide competition to current number one Jay Lynch for the forthcoming National League.

“I’m delighted to be here,” said Griffiths. “I’ve been speaking to the manager and the goalkeeper coach over the last couple of weeks and that has been getting me really excited so I’m really pleased to finally sign.

“I watched how well the club did last year and they are still on the up. I thought this would be a good time to join and a challenge for me personally.

“Scotland was a good experience for me but I feel like my best football will be played in England. It’s closer to home, but most importantly I know this is a good club to be at.

“Competition anywhere is healthy. Jay had a great season and it’s time for me to try and better that and hopefully get into the side.

“Personally I want to try and play as many games as I possibly can and perform on the pitch. On a club level we want to finish right up there and get ourselves into League Two for next season.

“It’s been very tough so far but I want to get myself as fit as I can over pre-season and be raring to go for that first game.

“I have brief experience at this level and I know it’s a difficult division but from what I’ve seen so far we have enough good players in this team to do very well.”