RUNCORN FC Halton will sign ex-Vauxhall and Northwich striker Nicky Young on Saturday.
Young, a target last season before his move to Marine, has agreed terms.
Player-boss Chris Lightfoot said: 'He must be almost six foot so it will give us that little bit of presence up front when I am not playing.'
Meanwhile, Runcorn's prospects are further boosted by the return of midfielder Lee Parle, 20, who has had a positive second opinion on the back problem which forced him to quit playing.
Lightfoot may yet have one more signing - a left-sided player - up his sleeve and could be in the market for a keeper as second choice Andy Murphy has not shown for training.
Meanwhile, the Linnets have 'adopted' a youth team in the hope of developing future stars.
Oaklands BG JFC, based at Woodside Farm in Palacefields, will next season switch to the Altrincham Sunday Youth League as the backbone of a new RFCH Under-19s side. They will play on Sundays under manager Phil McCulla and coach Dave Parkinson who have run the club since 1998 and are on the lookout for new talent.
Dr Dave Robertson, chairman of Runcorn FC Halton, said: 'We hope to work with younger age groups to ensure there is a conveyor belt of local talent.'
Kit sponsorship has been agreed with R&L Motors of Widnes.
Any other businesses interested in aiding youth development at the club are asked to contact RFCH executive officer Alan Jones, tel 01928 563781. Interested U19 Players can call Phil McCulla or Dave Parkinson on 07855 736021.