Whitby Town have completed the signings of Steven Snaith, Curtis Round and Danny McWilliams from Guisborough Town.
The trio put pen to paper on two-year deals at the Turnbull Ground on Thursday and are “going to be the future of the club”, according to manager Chris Hardy.
“I’m delighted to have got this deal over the line, it’s been six weeks in the making, but these are three very, very good players and it’s great business for us,” he added.
“These lads are destined for bigger and better things, coming to us is the natural progression from where they were in the Northern League, and I’m confident that they can make the step-up to this level of football with no problems at all.
“Obviously they have all worked under me before at Guisborough and I know what they are capable of.”
Snaith, 22, is well-known to Town fans having already played 89 games and netted 24 goals for the club, prior to his departure to the Priorymen at the end of the 2014/15 season.
“Regardless of what the fans here at Whitby have seen of Snaith previously, he is a completely different player now,” Hardy said.
“He’s equally comfortable playing as a striker, a number 10, or in the centre of midfield.
“I don’t want to try and claim all the credit for the player that Snaith has become, but when he arrived at Guisborough he clearly lacked confidence.
“He was the main man there though, we built his confidence up and now, as a result, he’s finding different levels.
“He is a big, big signing for us and knocked back a couple of really good moves to come to Whitby.”
McWilliams, an attack-minded left-back, is another player that Hardy rates extremely highly.
“In my opinion, Danny is the best young left-back outside the professional game in the area,” the Blues chief added.
“He has real quality, is quick across the ground and is capable of great delivery from wide areas.
“I brought him to Guisborough from Billingham Synthonia where he played a lot of games at an extremely young age and he was almost ever-present during the two years that he played for me.”
Another left-sided player, winger Round built-up a useful partnership with McWilliams down the flank at Guisborough. Hardy is hopeful that the two will re-kindle their good working relationship for the Seasiders.
“Curtis and Danny operated well together down the left before and I’m hoping for more of the same,” he continued.
“The thing that you often find with wingers is that they can lack consistency, but Curtis is a very consistent player.
“He’s also an intelligent footballer who always looks to pick up the ball and run at defenders, which is something we’ve possibly been missing in our play at times.
“He gets his fair share of goals too, which is a great attribute, and he’s another player I am really pleased to be able to bring to the club.”