Craig Slater will continue Stourbridge's policy of signing "local heroes" after completing a transfer from Willenhall Town.
The defender, Willenhall's triple player of the year in 2005, has left Noose Lane after the Football Association ruled that an option on his contract was invalid and he was therefore a free agent.
Slater will make his debut for the Glassboys tomorrowwhen they play at title favourites Brackley Town, one of only three teams with 100 per cent winning records after two matches in the British Gas Business Midlands.
But the road to Amblecote couldn't be easier for the one-time Cradley Town centre-back.
"Craig lives 400 yards from the ground," manager Gary Hackett said. "I want to sign talented young local players and he fits the bill perfectly." n Chasetown have snapped up Redditch United defender Vaughan Thomas to help their adjustment to life in the Southern League.
Former Studley and Willenhall Town player Thomas has joined the Scholars on an initial loan with a view to a permanent move and will make his debut in tomorrow's fixture at home to Solihull Borough.
"Vaughan can be one of the best centre-halves in the league," manager Charlie Blakemore said. "He is big, athletic and he has got pace. That's everything you need in a defender."
Thomas has been on the recovery trail after knee problems but will join a Chasetown squad which also includes defender Ian Wright, a summer signing from Hednesford, after holidays.
* Solihull manager Micky Moore will be anxiously awaiting a telephone call from his AFC Telford United counterparts to get the go-ahead to include Steve Palmer in their team tomorrow.
Former Hednesford Town and Hucknall Town midfielder Palmer was a surprise inclusion in Boro's line-up last weekend and Moore hopes he can feature again at Chasetown. Bucks managers Rob Smith and Larry Chambers allowed Palmer to play to bolster his fitness after an ankle injury, and Moore believes all parties gained.
"Rob and Larry did me a favour and Steve benefited from having a game to help his fitness," Moore said. "He is the kind of player any manager would love to have in their team. He is still very much part of Telford's plans but if he can help us out I'll jump at the chance."
* New signings Michael Langford and Craig Marshall are set to make his Stourport debut tomorrow as manager Roy Rencher shuffles his squad.
Rencher has been frustrated to see his side slip to two defeats but he plans two or three changes when they visit Bedworth United.
Goalkeeper Langford, who was released by Mansfield Town, is likely to get the nod while striker Marshall, who featured for Swifts last term on loan from Hednes-ford Town, has again signed. Lee Woolley, another close-season addition from Wednesfield, and fit-again Mark Hands (knee) come into contention.