Andy Peaks has praised Courtney Herbert for his attitude during pre-season after he completed his move to AFC Rushden & Diamonds.
The 26-year-old striker put pen to paper before Tuesday night’s 0-0 draw at Northampton Spencer.
And Peaks could also complete the signing of Steve Spriggs in the next couple of days.
The ex-Kings Lynn winger was Diamonds’ best player in the hard-fought draw at Kingsthorpe Mill.
That followed a 2-0 win at Rushden & Higham in the opening pre-season friendly last weekend when Herbert netted within 40 seconds of coming on at half-time.
Herbert, who made 34 appearances for the Northampton Town during a two-year spell at Sixfields, joins Diamonds after spending last season at Cogenhoe United.
And Peaks said: “Courtney spoke to me at the end of last season and since he’s been here, he’s really worked his socks off.
“He has been a real threat and his attitude has been first class.
“He has pace to burn and scores goals. With Tommy Berwick and Tom Lorraine already here, we now have a lot of goalscorers in the team – and that’s what I wanted.
“I think Courtney is excited by the ambition of the club. He can see we want to kick on and he wants to be a part of it.”
Kieran Fitzgerald has also featured in Diamonds’ opening pre-season friendlies and Peaks is keen to have another look at him before deciding whether to offer the ex-Cobblers youngster a deal.
Fitzgerald looks sure to feature in the pre-season friendly at Enfield Town on Saturday.
The North Londoners play in the Ryman Premier Division.
And Peaks added: “We had to roll our sleeves up at Spencer and this will be a very different sort of game.
“The idea of the pre-season is to get the players playing different sorts of teams in different surroundings.
“We want them to experience a bit of everything, so they are ready for whatever happens this season.”