South Shields have signed forward Darius Osei from Stalybridge Celtic.
The 24-year-old is third in this season’s BetVictor Northern Premier Division leading scorers list with 14, including the two goals he scored against the Mariners in Saturday’s 2-2 draw between the sides.
Shields say their interest significantly pre-dates that match, though, with the player having been monitored throughout the campaign.
Joint-manager Lee Picton said: “We’re delighted to bring Darius into the club.
“We’ve had him watched a number of times this season and he also really caught our eye in our earlier encounters with Stalybridge Celtic this season.”