WITTON Albion have lost goalkeeper Jon Kennedy to Conference outfit Halifax Town - and have already replaced him.
Kennedy, who joined on a one-year contract from Accrington Stanley, had an agreement that Witton would not stand in his way should be offered full-time football.
Witton were hoping Halifax would increase the fee they have offered but believe they were obliged to let him go.
In his place is Mark Westhead, until recently the first choice 'keeper at Hyde.
Manager Jim Vince said: 'He is with us on a month's loan initially. But he has the experience we need and has in the same calibre as Kennedy.'
Westhead was due to make his debut in last night's home game against Leek Town.
Witton have no fixture on Saturday, which may give Vince the chance to take stock after three weeks of upheaval, caused by the loss for various reasons of six players and the recruitment of replacements.
'Alex Ferguson says he has built three teams in all the years he's been at United, well I've built two in four months at Witton!'
'It has been a hectic and difficult time. We have to come together as a team very quickly,' he said.
His latest signings include Stockport County youngster Mike Bowler and 27-year-old striker Dave Whittaker from Leek Town.
'He's been a fantastic signing for us, exactly what we need. I am relishing the prospect of him and Mike Moseley together,' added Vince.
Former Macclesfield Town midfielder Martin McDonald, in the Albion team at Blyth Spartans, has to make his mind up between Witton and Flixton, who have offered him the better deal.
Albion's personnel changes seemed a likely cause of their 5-1 defeat at Blyth. But Vince said: 'It was not a drubbing and we did not play that badly. We made silly mistakes.' nWitton have received and rejected an approached from Burscough for midfielder Steve Connors.
Witton are next in action at home to Runcorn Halton in the League Cup on Saturday week.