The 18 year-old stopper signed for Manchester City's youth academy from Carlisle United as an Under-12, and has since progressed through to the Elite Development Squad throughout the 2020/2021 campaign.
After signing his first professional contract in July 2020, Trafford made several appearances for Manchester City's senior team albeit as a named substitute at various levels of competition for Pep Guardiola's side.
As part of the next step in his development as a goalkeeper at both club and international level, James Trafford will spend the 2021/2022 season on-loan at League One outfit Accrington Stanley.
Upon signing for Accrington, James Trafford told their official club website:
“Me and the goalkeeping staff at City have always felt this was the right time to come out on loan after my second year as a scholar so I am really excited."
"I used to play against Accrington at Carlisle and so I have always looked out for them in the league."
“I have trained with Toby and Liam (Isherwood) and it's a group that has lots of energy, they are two really good lads and it’s competitive in training."
Gavin Bazunu is expected to join James Trafford in leaving the goalkeeping ranks at Manchester City this summer on a temporary move to the Football League, as both men seek extra game time this season.
Bazunu is set to join Portsmouth on a season-long loan, according to various reports.
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