Unibond Premier League Marine FC have signed experienced former football league striker Lee McEvilly from Conference club Grays Athletic, writes Ron Ellis.
The former Rochdale, Accrington Stanley and Wrexham striker makes his home debut this Saturday.
McEvilly, 27, made a total of 194 Football League appearances for Rochdale, Accrington Stanley and Wrexham scoring 56 goals over a six-year period to 2008. He joined Rochdale in 2001 from Burscough for a fee of £15,000 and played 11 times for Northern Ireland representative teams between 2002 and 2004.
Recent seasons has seen McEvilly at Cambridge Utd, a return spell at Rochdale and then a loan period at Barrow before moving to Grays Athletic in the Conference this season.
Marine chairman Paul Leary said: “This is a massive signing for Marine Football Club. To have a player of Lee’s calibre joining us is really great news for our Club and our fans.
"His strength and football league experience will be a huge benefit as we endeavour to move up the league.
"He will make his debut this Saturday in the home game against Retford Utd who are currently top of the UniBond Premier League. He is joined on his debut by recent signings from Burscough, midfielder John Goulding and striker Thomas Moore who are also to make their debuts against Retford Utd.
"Despite contrary reports Marine only secured Lee’s signature this morning following the release of his registration by Grays Athletic yesterday. He will be registered with the UniBond League today so that he will be eligible for tomorrow's game at the Arriva Stadium.”
Marine manager Kevin Lynch said: “This without doubt is my biggest signing as manager of Marine. Lee’s arrival and presence in the team will be hugely influential especially to our younger players. I am absolutely excited about him joining us and his signing will be a big boost for our fans.
"His move to Marine follows the arrival of John Goulding and Thomas Moore and all three players will help us in our bid to provide an improvement and consistency to our league form.”