Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division new boys have sealed a transfer coup by swooping for former Nuneaton Town midfielder Sam Belcher.
The 20-year-old chose to leave neighbours Hinckley United, where it is believed he was owed multiple weeks wages, to join the Greenbacks this week.
Manager Steve Farmer was delighted to bring in a player who was a regular in the Blue Square Bet North last season.
He said: “He’s a fantastic signing. It’s a testament as to how far we’ve come in a short time that players like Sam are joining us.
“Twelve months ago he joined Nuneaton Town.
“It didn’t quite work for him but he went back to Hinckley and I saw him play a number of times there.
“He’s a fantastic passer of the ball so he fits the way we play.
“He’s only 20 and he’s local so he meets all the criteria we look for when we sign a player.
“I would hope this is a signing that excites the fans.”
Farmer says the central midfielder’s arrival has not stretched the budget at the Oval as he insists Belcher is only there for “football reasons”.
“We’ve not had to push the boat out at all. Sam is here for football reasons. He’s come through an academy background with Coventry and Wycombe Wanderers.
“He is someone who wants to get his foot on the ball and enjoy his football.
“We’ve got some good midfield options with lots of competition.
“They are all confident on the ball, which is good because the way we play is no secret.
“That’s not something we are looking to change next season,” he said.
Belcher will be dropping into the Southern Premier Division for the first time in his career, however, Farmer says the move is the best one for his long-term aims.
“I don’t see it as a step back. It’s a move that will stand him in good stead for the future,” he said.