FORMER Kendal Town and Ashton United striker Peter Wright has been snapped up by Leek Town.
The 29-year-old provides manager Lee Casswell with further options up front in the continued absence of Dan Cope. The manager hailed the arrival of Wright as an "excellent acquisition".
However, goalkeeping cover remains a key priority after current number one Danny Roberts suffered a broken finger in Saturday's 2-1 defeat at home to Gresley FC.
Town had hoped to bring in Daniel Lloyd-Weston who spent time as a junior with Crewe Alexandra, Liverpool and Stoke City before embarking upon a scholarship with West Bromwich Albion.
Lloyd-Weston joined Port Vale as second choice goalkeeper in 2009 before transferring to Cheltenham Town. But Town's bid to bring the keeper on board has hit red tape with the 20-year-old needing to secure international clearance before signing Evo-Stik forms.
Meanwhile, Casswell has defended Roberts after the keeper was culpable for both late Gresley goals at the weekend. He said: "Danny does not let Leek Town down very often. I could not count on one hand the amount of times he has let us down.
"Obviously the result was disappointing. We did well to get in front and then Danny had a bit of a nightmare. He was devastated - but football can be like that sometimes. It's how as a team you react to those results. There will be games when perhaps you don't perhaps deserve a result and it works in your favour."