Vanarama National League North club Nuneaton Town have completed the signing of talented wide man Alex Henshall.
The 23-year-old former England under-17 international was a highly-rated prospect when coming through the ranks at Swindon Town with the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Aston Villa all vying for his signature.
He eventually joined Manchester City for an undisclosed fee at the age of just 16.
His early days at City saw him fulfil his promise and a loan deal at Chesterfield in January 2013 was extended after he impressed in League Two.
Another loan switch, this time to Bristol Rovers, saw him score his first professional goal as once again he did well and this prompted a loan move into the Championship with Ipswich Town for the remainder of the 2013/14 campaign.
His move to Portman Road was made permanent in the summer of 2014 and was to last until February 2016, during which time he also had a loan spell at Blackpool.
A spell north of the border with Kilmarnock was to follow before he turned out for Margate and most recently Braintree Town in the National League.
“I am excited about this signing for a couple of reasons,” said Boro boss, Tommy Wright. “Firstly because of the reputation and pedigree of this player, but also because I want to be the manager that gets this talent and potential back out of him so that he can hit the heights he should have done by now.
“’Hensh’ was part of the same England set-up as Tyrell Belford who speaks very highly of him. He is the type of player I love to watch and a player who will excite the fans.
“He’s technically superb but also very quick and skilful. I like players running at opponents. Alex, like Greg Mills, gives us that in wide positions.
“With the signings of Ashley Chambers and Callum Ball it was imperative I got the supply to them right. In order for them to score goals, they need service.
“With the squad we have assembled, we now have everything. It’s a team that can play multiple formations with depth and options all over the pitch”.
— Nuneaton Town FC (@Official_NTFC) June 20, 2017