Blyth Spartans have moved to replace Peter Jeffries with another goalkeeper.
Adam McHugh has followed the same path Jeffries did 12 months ago from Spennymoor Town as he finalised a deal to join Tom Wade’s side after a protracted set of negotiations.
The 23-year-old began his career at St Mirren as a junior, spending time on loan with another Scottish side, Forfar Athletic.
He then moved back to England in August 2012 when he joined Hartlepool United, and after one season at Victoria Park he moved to Vanarama Conference side Forest Green Rovers, although he spent time training with Tranmere Rovers before moving to the New Lawn.
A move to Spennymoor Town came about last summer and the commanding stopper, who stands at 6ft 4in, was part of the Moors side that reached the Evo-Stik NPL First Division North play-offs, falling at the semi-final stage against Darlington.
Now McHugh makes the step up to the premier division.
And Spartans manager Wade has hailed his new addition as “another top signing”.
He said: “It is a big loss for us that Nick Thomson is heading back to the United States in September, but we have got a young keeper in Adam who is noted as one of the best in the area.
“He is a big lad and comes with a very good pedigree. He will be a huge bonus for our squad in the coming season and beyond.
“Adam is another top signing for us and we have been really impressed with his attitude.
“He is still only young for a keeper at 23-years-old and we all think he has a great future in the game.”
McHugh becomes Spartans’ third new addition of the summer after Paul Robinson and Sean Reid joined from Whitley Bay and West Allotment Celtic respectively.