Alfreton Town yesterday announced the arrival of experienced ex-Chesterfield defender Sam Hird.
Hird was let go by Chesterfield in the summer after double relegations, and has signed for for the Reds until the end of the season as they look to drive back up the National League North table.
After having rumoured trials at Rotherham and Doncaster it came as quite a surprise when Hird put pen to paper with the Reds.
Hird, known to be a very reliable and consistent defender who can be played in the middle, brings a great amount of Football League experience to the Impact Arena as he joins up with ex-team mate Jordan Sinnott.
Hird began his career at Leeds and then eventually went on to represent Doncaster 157 times. He was brought to the Proact Stadium in 2012 on a free transfer and proceeded to play for Chesterfield 231 times, scoring on ten occasions, also winning Chesterfield's Player of the Season in the 2015/16 season.
Alfreton will need the 31-year-old to regain his match fitness quickly as they hope to compete at the other end of the table, with the Reds currently sitting in 12th place in the National League North.