Fleetwood Town line up Stoke City friendly as keeper departs Highbury

Fleetwood Town have announced another pre-season outing ahead of the 2022/23 League One season.

Scott Brown’s players will meet Championship side Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday, July 16.

However, as is the case with this Saturday’s match against Tranmere Rovers at Poolfoot Farm, the game will be held behind closed doors.

The Tranmere game leads into next week’s trip to Croatia before Town face Barrow AFC on Tuesday, July 19 and Dundee United on Saturday, July 23.

Harry Wright has exited Fleetwood Town: Picture: Sam Fielding/PRiME Media Images

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It will be another opportunity for the new Town head coach to assess his new-look squad as they look to improve upon last season’s 20th position in League One.

Town have also confirmed that goalkeeper Harry Wright has departed Highbury after his contract was terminated by mutual consent.

The 23-year-old had joined the Cod Army in June last year, having agreed a two-year deal after being released by Ipswich Town.

Son of the former Ipswich, Arsenal and Everton keeper Richard Wright, he had featured regularly for the Tractor Boys’ Under-23s but failed to make a senior appearance.

However, having arrived at Highbury, Wright was unable to force his way into the frame despite a number of appearances for the club’s development squad.

Alex Cairns played 42 of the 46 League One matches with the other four games featuring Kieran O’Hara in goal.

Billy Crellin played all four of Town’s Papa John’s Trophy matches, though Wright was named on the bench for the games against Leicester City and Barrow AFC.

He did, however, join National League North club Farsley Celtic on a short-term loan last October.