Moore & Co Construction Solicitors North West Counties League club FC United of Manchester have announced that prolific striker Stuart Rudd has agreed to sign a one-year contract to move from new league rivals Skelmersdale United.
Rudd (pictured right), 29, holds the record as Skem’s highest ever goalscorer and netted forty-seven last season.
Rudd caught the eye of legendary Liverpool and Wales striker Ian Rush when he was a trainee with his hometown club Wigan.
Rush told him: "You will never be a great goalscorer, but you will be a scorer of great goals."
FC United manager Karl Marginson believes Rudd will give his side extra momentum as they look for a second successive promotion.
"We scored 111 goals last season and not one of our players got twenty, which is a good thing in many ways," he said.
"But in the last five seasons Stuart has not scored less than thirty-five. He scores different types of goals, like a poor man's Alan Shearer, because he is good in the air, leads the line well, and gets them from two yards and 35 yards."
Defender Tony Hallam (pictured) has also left Skem to join FC United.
Known as a big lad with a big heart, and a brick wall on the pitch, Hallam started his career at Preston North End before moving on to Nationwide Conference National sides Morecambe and then Southport.