Striker Dan Maguire has committed to join York City after leaving Vanarama National League North rivals Blyth Spartans.
Maguire scored 25 goals last season to help Blyth finish sixth in the table and qualify for the promotion play-offs.
Manager Steve Watson says the signing is a ‘huge feather in the cap’ for City after the 26-year-old rejected moves to clubs higher up the footballing pyramid.
Maguire, who has played for the England ‘C’ team, made his debut for Blyth seven years ago and has always been a popular figure with supporters at Croft Park.
“It has taken a little while to do because he had a lot of options,” said Watson. “He has now made the decision to become a ‘full-time’ footballer which is a big deal to him.
“He is a great character and a terrific striker – as most clubs who have played against him in this league will tell you! He can score all kinds of goals and is very lively. In the last two seasons, he has chalked up as many goals as anybody. We are really lucky to have him and I think it will work really well.
“It’s a huge feather in the cap for the club and I think the fans will be excited by it,” Watson added. “We have had lots of chats this summer and he’s a had lots of other options – leagues above really – but I think he likes what we have said to him about the club and the way we are planning on going and trying to progress as a club.”