Striker Josh Barrett has signed for Aldershot Town from King’s Lynn Town until the end of the season, subject to league and FA approval.
He is familiar with the EBB Stadium having spent a month on loan with the Shots during the 2018-19 season.
Barrett worked with Aldershot manager Tommy Widdrington at King’s Lynn, and having also played for Bristol Rovers and Coventry he will have lined up alongside a number of the Shots’ first team squad already.
The 25-year-old arrives with international experience, having made three appearances for the Republic of Ireland under-21s. After breaking through from the youth ranks at Reading he made ten Championship appearances for them.
Widdrington said: “Believe it or not, I’ve never signed Josh Barrett as a manager before.
“As the head of recruitment at both Coventry City and Bristol Rovers I did the deals for the respective managers, before I then inherited him at King’s Lynn.
“I’m sure some will remember his short stint on loan at the EBB in 2018, so will be aware of his qualities. He’s an excellent technical footballer with both vision and delivery suited to much higher levels of the game.
“It’s been said by a few that I’m the only manager that ‘has got a tune out of Josh’ as a first team player, but I believe every player needs the support around them within a definitive structure to be able to flourish.
“I think we have that going on here and look forward to working with Josh again. I’m sure you’ll join me in welcoming Josh to Aldershot Town FC.”
Head of recruitment Jamie Hedges said: “He is a match winner and a serious technician. His game is about creating and scoring goals.
“He will add great competition to our attacking options and is desperate to kick himself on again.
“Josh is a player myself and the staff know very well. We are all in agreement he has the talent and ability of above this level and we hope we can get it out of him here.”