BOSS Matty Holmes expressed his delight after snapping up Connor Doe from Blackfield & Langley.

The versatile midfielder comes into Magpies’ squad having featured in a Blackfield side who stormed to the Southern League South Division One title last season.

Holmes revealed how he had previously attempted to bring in Doe on loan but insisted now had been the right time for the 23-year-old to arrive at KoolPak Stadium.

The boss told the Daily Echo: “We tried to get Connor on loan last season and he turned us down because Blackfield were doing really well.

“He wanted to stay and finish off the season with them and they won their league. We have got a player who has a winning mentality. In the past few years Blackfield have always been up there winning games.

“He’s a good kid and he lives in the local area. It’s now time for him to come across to us because the travelling to Blackfield got a little bit much for him.

“We are looking forward to having him and he is another utility player. He can play right-back, centre-back and central midfield.

“He has good pedigree and he is still young. You think he has been around ages with the experience he has got for such a young lad.

“But he wants to be developed and wants to improve. He will give us that steel and mobility in midfield with Stokesy (James Stokoe), Petts (Carl Pettefer) and Franklyn (Clarke).”