Accrington Stanley have signed Southport midfielder David Morgan.
The club captain makes the move to the League One side for an undisclosed fee, joining on a two-and-a-half-year contract.
Port boss Liam Watson said they had recently rejected ‘a substantial offer’ for the 26-year-old from a National League club.
Morgan told Stanley’s website: “This came around quickly but these things happen in life and you have to take the opportunities when they arrive. Initially I signed at Notts Forest, I have been around quite a bit in non-league, had different loans and then settled at Southport for two-and-a-half years and played over 100 games and was the club captain.
“It’s always been my dream to get back into full-time football, and I will be totally honest with you, as the years go on, at 26, I didn’t think I would get another opportunity to get back into the EFL, and I have got to say thank you to everyone at Southport and Accrington for giving me this chance. I am experienced enough to know that there is no one else it is down to now, it’s all down to me.
“I am a qualified PE teacher, I did have plans to move on, but I am glad this opportunity has arrived and I will make the most of it.”