Solihull Borough have snapped up former Birmingham City striker Dean Curtis to fill the gap left by injured goal-getter Justin Marsden.
Curtis, who had a spell with Bromsgrove Rovers in Southern One West in the autumn, has joined from AFC Telford United and will make his debut in Tuesday's home game with Stourport Swifts.
Boro manager Tony Dobson said top scorer Marsden would struggle to play again this season. The 13-goal marksman, who joined Solihull from Rugby in the summer, broke his ankle in last week's FA Trophy upset against Hednesford Town.
Dobson said: "Justin is going to be in plaster for six to eight weeks, then his rehabilitation will take another month. If he gets back playing before the end of the season, that will be a bonus."
Boro are also casting their net for another defender because Neil Manton may require an ankle operation.
Halesowen Town manager Paul Holleran fears midfielder Craig Strachan's recurrence of shin splints raises a question mark over his football career.
The former Coventry City and Rochdale midfielder has started only one game this season but has been told to take a break from football after suffering a recurrence of the problem which forced him to quit professional football.
The unlucky Strachan, who joined Halesowen 18 months ago, suffered a knee operation in the summer and then back and neck problems after being involved in a car accident.
Holleran said Strachan would remain on the books to play in emergencies but added: "I'm planning without Craig. Sadly it's got to the stage where he might not be able to play football on a regular basis."
Halesowen, who tackle Gloucester City next Tuesday at The Grove, may be without midfielder Nick Smith who suffered a knee injury in the midweek Errea Cup defeat at Banbury United.
Evesham United have been dealt a pre-Christmas blow after recent recruit Matty Lewis headed to Kettering Town.
The former Kidderminster Harriers front-runner has been a key figure in the Robins' four-match unbeaten run since he joined from Hinckley United.
But Kettering have tempted him back to Nationwide North.
Evesham manager Dave Busst said: "I always knew it would be difficult to keep hold of him. But there's not a lot I can do about it. I know how football works. He is non-contract and Kettering have got more money than us."
Lewis' exit is likely to mean Evesham recall forward Jermaine Clarke from Redditch United for Tuesday's Southern Premier match with Cirencester. Clarke has had two months at the Valley Stadium and the Reds have been keen to extend his stay.
Rob Smith says Hednesford Town's interest in Willenhall Town striker Gary Hay is doomed to failure.
Hednesford's response to watching the forward rip their defence apart in Tuesday night's Birmingham Senior Cup upset has been to file a seven-day approach for Hay.
But Reds manager Smith believes 30-year-old Hay, who returned to Noose Lane in October after an unhappy stay at Halesowen Town, is more than satisfied to play his part in the Reds' nine-match winning run.
"Gary Hay won't be going anywhere," Smith said.
"He is really happy with us. He is enjoying his football and that shows on the pitch."
Willenhall, second in Southern One West, expect to have an unchanged squad for Tuesday's derby at Rushall Olympic (1.00).
Willenhall have also joined the fight with Stour-port Swifts to try to entice defender Phil Male away from Bromsgrove Rovers.
Swifts boss Roy Rencher has had talks with the former Bedworth defender over a move.
But he says Willenhall, who are vying for the Southern One West title, can tempt him with a push for honours while league rivals Swifts' priority is to escape the danger zone.
However, Bromsgrove boss Jimmy Mullen wants Male to remain with them as they look to a New Year push for the play-offs.
Jay Powell, who has not played this term after undergoing a back operation, will not be able to return until pre-season. ..SUPL: