Tamworth believe the Paul Merson factor can make the difference between relegation and survival after revealing the former Walsall player-manager has agreed to join.
The former England, Arsenal and Aston Villa favourite has been courted by several higher-profile clubs since he was axed as Saddlers manager but the 37-year-old will today sign a deal with the Nationwide Conference part-timers until the end of the season.
"It's a great signing for the club," said Lambs manager Mark Cooper. "Hopefully, having Paul will give us that little bit of extra quality and nous. It's great for the players here and maybe it will create a bit of fear in the teams playing us.
"We need to get him in tip-top shape but there aren't going to be any better players at this level than Paul Merson."
Though the Lambs are one of only four part-time teams in non-League's highest tier, it was Cooper's friendship and the proximity to Merson's Midlands home that gave Tamworth the edge to sign the 31-times capped England international.
"There were a lot of clubs after Paul from the Championship, League One and big clubs in our league," said Cooper. "But he doesn't want to go full-time and he doesn't want the travelling. I've got to know him over the last year when I've been trying to pinch some of his players on loan and he knows he can trust us."
Merson is set to make his Lambs debut in Saturday's home fixture with Halifax Town.