Hugely experienced left-back Evan Horwood, who has played professionally for several clubs, has signed for Consett.
The 36-year-old, who has been signed following the departure due to relocation of Darren Holden, goes straight into the squad for tomorrow’s game at Long Eaton United.
The Steelmen have two other specialist left-backs on their books in Charlie Exley and James Martin, though both are currently on the way back to fitness following injury lay-offs.
Born in Billingham, Evan came through the youth academy at Sheffield United, and played had loan spells at Stockport County, Scunthorpe United, York City, Chester City, Darlington and Gretna before settling at Carlisle United.
He helped the Cumbrians reach the League One Play-Offs in 2007-08, and was in their side for the 2010 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final at Wembley, which they lost to Southampton.
After two and a half years at Brunton Park, during which he made 77 appearances, Evan signed for Hartlepool United, where he spent three seasons, playing 138 games.
Moves to Tranmere Rovers, Northampton Town, Grimsby Town and Chester followed, before he signed for Bala Town of the Cymru Premier League in July 2017.
He left in December 2019 to move back to his native North East, signing first for Whitby Town in the NPL and then for West Auckland Town in the Northern League.
Manager Andy Coyles said: “We are delighted to bring a player of Evan’s calibre to Consett.
“He has been an instant hit both in training and in the changing room, and his vast amount of experience in the Football League and on the non-league circuit will serve the group incredibly well.
“Evan’s versatility, being able to play both in the back line and in midfield, will provide numerous options for us, depending on our opponents.
“He will be going straight into the squad tomorrow and we hope all involved at Consett will join me in welcoming him to the football club.”