Jordan Connerton can be a difference maker for Lancaster City this season, according to boss Phil Brown.
The former Chorley front man has returned for a fourth spell at his home-town club as they bid to be involved at the sharp end of the Evo-Stik First Division North this season.
Brown said: “If you look at all the decent teams they’ve got someone up there they can rely on.
“You want goals from midfield and defenders at set pieces but you need someone who is guaranteed to put it in the back of the net and Jordan can do that for us.
“It’s great to bring him in, he’s a massive addition to our attacking threat.
“I’m really looking forward to pairing him up with one of our other attackers.
Connerton, 26, most notably scored 29 league goals for City in the 2009-2010 season, when Brown was assistant to Tony Hesketh, form which saw him secure a move to the Football League with Crewe Alexandra.
He has found game time limited for Chorley recently however after the arrivals of Marcus Carver, Sefton Gonzales and Jason Walker with the City boss moving quickly to get his man.
He said: “It’s a situation I’ve been monitoring.
“He’s been playing for Chorley in the Conference North and is more than capable of playing at that level.
“He’s well known to the club and myself and hasn’t featured that much in pre-season for Chorley.
“I’ve been keeping an eye on it and when it became apparent he was interested in talking to us we spoke to him and secured his services.”
Brown first had Connerton has a 16-year-old at Myerscough College, always having one eye on the front man’s progress.
Injury hampered his time at Crewe, with loan spells with Nantwich Town, Icelandic side Íþróttabandalag Vestmannaeyja and Workington following.
A full-time move to the Cumbrians followed before a spell at Kendal Town.
He then returned to Giant Axe in 2014, scoring 10 goals in 14 games before leaving for Australia and signing for Chorley on his return to England, playing in the Magpies’ LFA Challenge Trophy final win over Lancaster last season.
Brown said: “He’s always flourished at Lancaster.
“I know there’s been several moves but he is a good player.
“I’ve always followed his progress wherever he’s been.
“He always scores goals, has decent awareness, has good technique and can link up with other players.
“He’s a really good catch for us.”
Brown is still on the hunt for a wide man as the final piece in his jigsaw but insists he is more than happy with how his squad is developing.
He said: “I’ve got a couple of enquiries out still about a couple of players.
“It’s still three weeks from the first game of the season and I’m happy with the group I’ve got.
“Squads do evolve though whether that’s before the season starts or as it gets underway.
“I’m still in the market for a wide player but if I don’t get one it’s not going to hold us back.”
The Dolly Blues next host Workington on Saturday in their latest friendly before a Preston North End XI visit Giant Axe on Tuesday, August 2.