Just ahead of Boxing Day`s 2-1 defeat at high-flying Bromsgrove Sporting, Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central club Sutton Coldfield Town signed defender James Hurst from Vanarama National League South side Welling United.

After two seasons on a scholarship at Portsmouth, Hurst spent three years at West Bromwich Albion where he made one Carling Cup appearance and went out on several loan spells with the likes of Blackpool, Shrewsbury, Chesterfield and Birmingham City, having earlier spent time on loan from Pompey at Icelandic club ÍBV during the summer of 2010, making 16 appearances.

He spent the summers of 2010, 2013 and 2014 playing in Iceland with Valur before joining Crawley Town.

He then moved into non-League football at Hednesford Town before joining Torquay United, then AFC Telford United, Dover Athletic and Wrexham.

Hurst, who was capped for England at under-16, 17, 19 and under-20 levels, originally signed for Nuneaton Borough at the start of this season.

But after just five games for Boro he moved south to join the Wings, although he is now back in the Midlands with his home-town club.