SKELMERSDALE UNITED have bolstered their squad with the signing of former Liverpool reserve player Neil Prince.
Prince became available earlier this month after being sacked as player-manager of North West Counties side Bootle.
The ex-Torquay man was immediately presented with offers from several clubs hoping to snap up his services but the 30-year-old has opted to join Skem.
Prince trained with the side last week but was ineligible to face Stocksbridge Park Steels on Saturday through suspension.
But United's new acquisition watched on as they thumped the visitors 6-0 to strengthen their lead at the top of the Evo-Stik Premier Division.
Manager Tommy Lawson believes Prince's experience and know-how will prove vital this season and will include him in the squad for today's game at promotion chasing AFC Fylde.
"He is a good player and will give us something different, " Lawson said of the midfielder.
"We can tap into his experience.
"He's watched the game on Saturday and so knows the way we want to play. I can see him being a major asset. Neil is proven at a higher standard and is very experienced.
"The experienced he's had at Bootle will stand him in good stead and there is no doubt that he will manage again.
"We are mindful of that and will help him in that in any way, shape or form."
Dean Astbury struck a hat-trick as Skem hammered Park Steels at the weekend.
Jack Laird, Matty Hughes and Ashley Dunn bagged the others as United capitalised on second placed Chorley dropping points at home to Buxton.
Lawson was delighted with Skem's performance and says the first of Astbury's goals summed up their afternoon.
"We played well," said Lawson.
"We had a couple of players back and so I was pleased to have some shape to the team.
"I was made up with the team and to a man they were good.
"And the second goal epitomised that. Our goalkeeper played to the centre-half who laid it off to the full-back.
“Our full-back then found Matty Hughes who surged through and laid it on for Dean Astbury to score.
"The ball was on the floor at all times and it was great to watch.
“If that had been a TV goal then you'd be watching it again, again and again."
Full-back Lewis Field is expected back in the squad in early January following his lay-off because of a stomach injury.
"Lewis should've been signed off last week but they cancelled his appointment, " said Lawson.
"He is just waiting for them to say he is fine to play again.
“His appointment is now on January 6.
"Aaron Turner is getting very, very close to his target as well."
AFC Fylde v Skem, today, 3pm.