Jack Broadhead has joined Boston United - following a late dash to complete the paperwork.
The 22-year-old utility man made the move from Mickleover Sports on Thursday, following a sprint finish to beat the National League North’s 5pm transfer deadline.
Sports education student Broadhead- who had two seasons as a professional with Chesterfield - even had to skip a lecture at Nottingham Trent to race down to the library to collect and complete the Pilgrims’ paperwork.
But he said it was worthwhile to sign a deal which will keep him at the Jakemans Stadium until the end of next season, finally linking up with Adam Murray, who has been scouting the youngster since his days in the Mansfield Town dug-out.
“We’d been in contact since he was at Mansfield, but it came down to Thursday late on, very late on,” Broadhead revealed.
“I was at uni at the time and had to miss my lecture to get to a printer to sort it all out.
“But they’re ok with it. They understand.”
A busy transfer deadline day for United also saw winger Marcus Marshall join Coalville Town on a month’s loan and midfielder Joe Fitzpatrick return to AFC Telford United, after having his contract terminated by mutual consent.
On the same day, Harry Vince marked his 18th birthday in style by penning a contract with the club until next summer.
Broadhead, who made his debut in the weekend’s 2-0 win over Salford City, is now turning his attention to Saturday’s trip to Brackley Town.
“We’re very confident,” he said.
“I played Brackley while at Mickleover in the FA Trophy.
“They’re a good team who like to pass the ball about.
“They beat us 3-1, so we’ll have to put a performance in to get the better of them.”
Brackley left Boston with a 3-2 league victory in November.