Ian Whitehorne says the signing of Ben Algar will send out a message around the Evo-Stik Division One South ahead of the new season.
The former Chesterfield winger has become the Sheffield FC chief’s fourth summer signing and has dropped down a division from Matlock Town to link up with Whitehorne and his squad.
The Dronfield-born 23-year-old also turned down offers from teams in the Evo-Stik Premier Division, and Whitehorne believes his latest signing is a ‘bench mark’ to the calibre of player the club is looking to sign and that he will be a key player as they look to get promoted this season.
Algar, who came through the Sheffield United youth programme before playing five times for the Chesterfield first team, had moved to America to play for FC New York.
But after the team went out of business, he moved to Matlock Town and his impressive displays saw him in the past receive offers to play in the Conference North.
“It is a great signing for the club.” Whitehorne said.
“When we are signing players like Stuart Ludlam and Ben Algar from teams in the division above it sends a message out that we really mean business this season.
“It has never quite happened for him up to now.
“He is technically very good and can play in a lot of positions across the park and prising him away from Matlock wasn’t easy, he had a lot of friends down there. He has had the opportunity to come here before under previous managers, but it hasn’t quite happened, so we are delighted we have finally managed to get him in.”
Whitehorne has indicated he wants his latest recruit to play in an attacking role for the next season, but insists he is still in the market for a new striker as he prepares to welcome his players back to pre-season.
Aaron Moxam remains a target for the manager and negotiations with a number of his targets are continuing – 10 trialists are also expected to be given the chance to impress Whitehorne - as he looks to add strength in depth to his squad that he believes will be a match for anybody next season.
He added: “It is coming together nicely for next season.
“In the second half of the past season we were great but we had a thin squad back then and we ran out of legs.
“It is different this time around and I think we have to hit the ground running for next season. It is going to be a tough season.
“There are a lot of teams that are going to go for it next season to try and get out of this division.”