Delighted Moors boss Jason Ainsley has revealed that patience was key in his move to bring highly rated forward Paul Blackett to The Brewery Field.
Ainsley has long been an admirer of the 24-year-old hotshot and has spent more than a fortnight working behind the scenes to conclude the deal to make him a Moors player.
Moors have now paid Gateshead an undisclosed fee to bring the talented former Newcastle United youngster to the Club, fighting off stiff competition from a number of other interested parties.
Blackett hit double figures for The Heed last term as they won the National League North title, scoring at the astonishing rate of a goal for every 99 minutes on the pitch.
Now Ainsley is hoping to help him recapture that form and breathe new life into Moors campaign as they look to push themselves back into contention nearer the top end of the table.
“Paul is someone we have been keeping an eye on for some time and we are delighted to beat other clubs to his signature,” Ainsley admitted.
“His ability to attack spaces behind opposition defences gives our forward line another dimension and will create real competition for places in that area of the pitch.
“He has excellent movement and, most importantly, he is a genuine goal threat – as we have unfortunately experienced on numerous occasions when he’s scored against us in the past.
“He has the pose and finishing technique to score goals at any level, and we can’t wait for him to pull on a Moors shirt and get started with the Club.”