Leamington top scorer Josh March has earned a move to the EFL with Forest Green Rovers.

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The 22-year-old has struck 24 times in 27 appearances for Paul Holleran’s team this season, and Forest Green say they have ‘beaten off competition from teams as high as the Championship’ to sign him. The former Alvechurch star makes the move from the National League North side for an undisclosed fee.

Brakes boss Holleran told Leamington’s club website: “We are absolutely delighted to see Josh make the step up into the Football League. He had a number of clubs looking at him and he spoke to several of them, but has made the decision that Forest Green Rovers is the right move for him.

“He is moving to an upwardly mobile, ambitious club with good football people. Director of football Richard Hughes watched Josh several times, and in Mark Cooper they have a very good manager who I am sure will get the best out of him.”

March told Forest Green’s official website: “I’m buzzing to be here. It has been a stressful few days trying to get everything sorted but I’m excited to be here now and looking forward to getting into it.

“I got a call off my agent saying that Forest Green were interested and you look up about the club and you soon realise it is a club going forward. Speaking to the manager, the club came across well, he said he wanted goals and felt like I could come in and get those goals.”