Striker Tim Sills has been backed to provide Gosport Borough with some much-needed firepower after agreeing a move from Bashley.
The well-travelled forward has an impressive pedigree, having played in the Football League for Oxford, Hereford, Torquay, Stevenage and Aldershot.
During his career he has netted more than 200 goals.
The 34-year-old left Basingstoke at the end of last season to join the New Forest club.
But the step down in standard and Bashley’s attempts to trim their wage bill have seen Sills made available.
And Borough boss Alex Pike quickly made his move, with the hitman penning a two-year deal.
Pike said: ‘Tim’s overall record is very impressive.
‘He has played at Football League level and that will be very important to us.
‘It was only three years ago he was playing for Aldershot.
‘He has also played at this level for Basingstoke and Staines and he gives me something different.
‘He is 6ft 2in, holds the ball up well and wins it in the air.
‘I’m not saying we are going to use him as a battering ram but at this level, most sides have a big striker who can hold the ball up.
‘He has realised he jumped out of our level of football a bit too early but he will bring plenty of experience and we will tap into that.’
Pike saw last night’s home game with Sutton United postponed after heavy rain in the morning left the Privett Park pitch unplayable in areas where drainage is a problem.
‘It’s disappointing but the official had a couple of areas of concern,’ said the boss.
‘We had to make an early call because some of Sutton’s players were coming from Kent, so it forced our hand.’