Wisbech Town FC have signed experienced versatile defender Nathan Horne on Friday.
The 29-year-old right-back, who can also play centre-back, has extensive experience at this level and above. He was with St Ives Town and Yaxley last season and has also been on the books of Kettering Town, Corby Town and Peterborough Northern Star.
Fenmen manager Dick Creasey said: “He was with St Ives last season and was happy playing at a level above. He is just setting up his own business and couldn’t commit to the travelling required.
“He’s a good addition to the squad. He’s a big, strong boy and he will fit in well.
“At the moment we haven’t got enough cover as Stacy Cartwright is injured, Neal Spafford is on holiday while Scott Johnson is away.
“Stacy had the plaster off his injured ankle, but he is struggling to run properly.”
The signing partly makes up for the disappointment of missing the first game of the UCL season on Saturday against Harborough Town which was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
There were three to four inches of water in some places at the Elgoods Stadium following overnight torrential rain.
Creasey said: “A lot of the players and myself don’t live in Wisbech – I live in Boston – and we got some rain, but not as much.
“There was a bit of disbelief about it being off. You build yourselves up for the first game and all of a sudden it’s off, and everyone is dejected. It’s Mother Nature – you can’t do anything about it.”
Creasey still faced a player shortage last night at home to Eynesbury Rovers but feels the squad will be getting back to normal once next Saturday’s FA Cup tie at Sleaford rolls around.
Forward Matt Lunn returns from holiday while Creasey added: “We’ve just got to get Tuesday night out of the way.
“Hopefully the suspensions will be out of the way – I’ve got to check up on the likes of Nick Bishop.”