Stalybridge Celtic have signed Ashton united defender Jack Higgins who admitted that the chance to test himself in the National League North was too good to turn down.
Celtic boss Liam Watson made a move for the 23-year-old last week after losing the services of Danny Gregson.
Centre half Higgins scored the last-gasp goal which beat FC United in 2014 and sent them into the Evo-Stik Premier play-off final and helped the Robins reach the play-offs again last term.
The former Clitheroe man was named in the division's team of the year and felt the time was right to make the step up with Stalybridge.
Watson has already won the league title twice at step two with Southport and that factor helped lure Higgins from Ashton to their Tameside rivals.
“ if Ashton United had gone up I never would have considered leaving. The way the club is run and the management is something I've never experienced before. It really is a top club.
“However as I'm approaching 24, I really want to kick on and play as high as I can.
“I think for any footballer the ambition is to push on and play as high as possible, and I am no different.
“Stalybridge attract a lot of fans and are playing in a really competitive league next season, a lot of teams will be going out to win it.
“It's an exciting club to be at and I'm looking forward to the challenge.”