WITTON Albion have signed former Tranmere Rovers skipper Micky Mellon.
He is the kind of experienced star who could inspire a promotion surge, if Albion can keep him long enough.
'He's only played one game for us and already two Conference clubs have been on to me about him,' said manager Gary Finley.
Mellon, 32, made his debut at Ossett and will be in the line-up that welcomes Whitby Town to Wincham Park on Saturday.
New striker Lee Spike is also likely to start.
Finley added: 'Micky has joined us for a few games to see how things go. Obviously we want to keep him - it's not every day you get to sign someone with 550 League appearances and transfers worth nearly £1m.
'His experience in a young side will be invaluable.
'He could stay until the end of the season or, who knows, he could still be here in four years time. It's up to him.'
Mellon is a friend of Albion boss Gary Brabin from their playing days at Blackpool, where he has now started his own business.
That was the reason he declined to remain full time at Kidderminster and complete a career that included Bristol City (45 appearances), West Brom (57), Blackpool (145), Tranmere (65), Burnley (94), Tranmere again (140) and Kidderminster (8).
He has netted 40 League goals and commanded fees of £350,000 and £300,000 when he joined Tranmere and then Burnley.
Finley added: 'We need to be consistent. I certainly haven't given up on reaching the promotion play-offs. There are plenty of points to play for and with the likes of Micky on board we stand a good chance of making the top five.'
Lee Spike is Finley's other recruit and is a direct swap in the squad for Simon Burton, who has been released to join Warrington Town.
Liverpudlian Spike, 24, was double player of the year award winner at Finley's former club Aberystwyth last season, though he started this campaign at Colwyn Bay.
He is 6ft 3ins tall and offers Witton an obvious option if they can improve the quality of their crosses.
Finley said: 'He's very athletic and good in the air and got 23 goals last season. I hope he and Mike Moseley can work well together, though we will have to guard against his height making us predictable.'
Whitby occupy a coveted play-off position, but the new arrival may revitalise Witton who have been unable to match good performances with good results.
They will certainly be lifted by the news that leading scorer Mike Moseley is staying, at least for now.
Moseley is considering Albion's new improved contract offer and Albion want a commitment soon from him for next season. He may still, of course, play out this season and become a free agent. The longer that situation continues the less he is worth to Albion in the transfer market.
Finley revealed two other players may join Witton soon.
Meanwhile, Steve Connors, out for a month already, looks like a long term casualty with no signs of improvement to his ankle injury.