Nuneaton Town boss Kevin Wilkin has spoken of his delight at securing the signature of former Corby Town defender Delroy Gordon.
The 27-year-old, who had also previously had spells with Kettering Town and Rushden & Diamonds, impressed for the Steelmen in the Blue Square Bet North last season.
And, despite new Corby boss Ian Sampson wanting to keep him at Steel Park, Gordon has been handed a chance at a higher level with Nuneaton who won the Conference North play-offs in May.
Wilkin said: “Delroy is athletic and he’s probably played in his comfort zone for the last couple of years. But he wants to get out of it.
“He’s been with Kettering and Rushden and Diamonds so he’s got good experience. I think he can make the step up.
“He might not be the most proven player on the market, but he is the kind of player we should be attracting — hungry and determined.”
Sampson, meanwhile, said he could “stomach” Gordon wanting to play at a higher level, although he admitted he was disappointed not to have kept him at Corby.
He said: “Delroy was one of the players we wanted to keep.
“But I can stomach him moving up a level. He has the chance to play in the Conference Premier and I would have done the same thing if I was in his position.
“We are disappointed but we wish him all the best.”