Striker Scott Spencer has returned to Stockport County to join the squad in time for the curtain raiser against Alfreton Town later today.
Spencer was released by the Hatters at the end of 2014/15, and returned to his former club Hyde United where he scored 24 goals last season.
The 27-year-old almost retired from the game earlier this year, but after linking up with County during the summer, he has impressed the management team and earned his place back at Edgeley Park.
The former England C international re-joins the club on a non-contract basis, but has the opportunity to make his mark, as he did during his first spell with County when he scored 11 goals under former boss Alan Lord.
Manager James Gannon said: “It’s great to have Scott as part of the squad. There is no doubt about Scott’s qualities and he is a different type of striker to what we currently have. I was impressed with his two showings against Northwich Vics last season in the FA Cup, and he scored a great free kick in our replay.
“During the season he scored an impressive amount of goals in the league at Hyde in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier, which once again showed his goalscoring prowess. However, towards the end of the season Scott faced a difficult time which challenged his love for the game. I’m glad that he’s still hungry for football and excited about what he can now achieve here at Edgeley Park.
“He’s a player that has fitted in well with the group during pre-season and seems a very popular player amongst fans. So I’m sure we’ll all be hoping that he can work his way into being an important piece of our team.”
The popular front man has had an intriguing career, which saw him leave Oldham as a teenager to join Everton in a £650,000 deal, linking up with players such as Louis Saha and Mikel Arteta.
He moved on to play for Rochdale, Southend, Lincoln City and Halifax before becoming something of a legend at Hyde, scoring 73 goals in 150 appearances and helping the Tigers to won the Conference North title in 2012.