AFC Fylde are delighted to announce the signing of two new players – striker Joe Piggott, who joins the club on a short-term deal, and winger Jacob Holland-Wilkinson who signed a one-month loan deal from Preston North End.

The 22-year-old striker, Joe Piggott, arrives at The Coasters after a short spell with National League side Altrincham FC. Coming through Everton and Rochdale’s academy systems, he signed his first professional contract with Scottish Premier League outfit Dundee United in 2017, before returning to England to sign for Warrington Town. 

After impressing at The Yellows, he attracted the interest of Wigan Athletic and went on to enjoy three years under Nick Chadwick’s management at The Latics. An injury-hampered loan spell at Stockport County followed a stint at Morecambe, where current Coasters boss Jim Bentley was manager. 

Winger, Jacob Holland-Wilkinson, arrives at the Club from nearby Championship outfit Preston North End. His performances on the wing for the Under-18’s earned him his first professional deal last season, and he has since been involved in North End’s 2021/22 pre-season campaign.  

Speaking about our latest additions, Chadwick said: “I’m delighted that we have signed two exciting, young players in Joe and Jacob. Both of them come highly regarded and arrive at a time when we needed to add some depth to the squad. 

“Joe is a player I know well from my time at Wigan Athletic, where he was a regular goalscorer in the Under 23’s. We’d like to thank Preston North End for allowing Jacob to come here – he is an exciting talent, and I’m looking forward to working with both of them.

Speaking of his move to Mill Farm, Joe Piggott said: “I’m really excited to be here; it’s all happened really quickly to be fair. I know the gaffer and Nick well. I enjoyed working with both of them and feel like I fit into the way that they like to play. 

“My first impressions are really good; the lads all seem great and the standard in training has been high. I am looking forward to getting on the pitch, showing everyone what I am capable of and hopefully score some goals, too.”

And Jacob Howard-Wilkinson said: “I already know that it’s a great club and the facility is really good. I’ve had a couple of loans at Lancaster City and Kendal, so those experiences will help me settle in.

“I’m a player that is very direct, fast, and someone who likes to make things happen in the attacking third. I just can’t wait to get out there.”

Joe will wear the number 19 shirt, while Jacob has been assigned number 16.