Forest Green Rovers have signed defender Emmanuel Monthe from National League South side Bath City.
Monthe has been an ever-present for Bath this season, playing 19 league games and scoring four goals, while picking up six Man-of-the-Match awards.
The 21-year-old came through the youth system at Queens Park Rangers and earned a professional contract at the west London club before going on to make his senior debut while on loan at Southport in a 2-0 win over against Forest Green in March 2014.
Forest Green Rovers manager Mark Cooper said: “I felt over the last couple of weeks we needed to add some power and pace at the back.
“Manny is six foot four, left-footed and can play left back or centre back, and is very comfortable on the ball for a big guy.
“He’s quick and strong and I feel we just need that little bit more presence going into the new year and winter months – particularly at set pieces he will help us.
“We want to sign young hungry players who are looking to forge a career in the game. And Gary (Owers) and Bath have been really helpful in making this happen.”
The Cameron born player signed for Bath in the summer after turning in a series of impressive performances while on preseason trial and said he had rekindled his love for the game after spending last season playing for Havant & Waterlooville and Hayes & Yeading, who would both end up relegated from the National League South.
Monthe said: “I’m very excited with this new challenge.
“I’m a centre back that likes to play out from the back and drive into midfield.
“I’m very grateful, very happy and appreciate the opportunity I’ve been given.”
Bath City manager Gary Owers said earlier this year: “I look at Manny and I wonder why on earth he’s playing at (National League South) level,”
“I really do think that he’s got enough to go and play at a much higher level.
“I think he’s been outstanding.”
Monthe was released by QPR as a 19-year-old and went on to have spells with Whitehawk, Tonbridge Angels, and Hayes & Yeading during the 2014-15 season, before signing for Havant & Waterlooville in 2015-16.