FORMER Barrow forward David Brown will join Forest Green this week as a replacement for Kaid Mohamed, who has been told he can leave the New Lawn.
Rovers have moved quickly to snap up 30-year-old Brown, who began his career at Manchester United and has been released by the Cumbrian club in order to return to the full-time game.
His arrival until the end of the season will pave the way for the out-of-favour Mohamed, signed from Swindon Town last summer, to seek regular football elsewhere – either on loan or on a permanent deal.
Rovers manager Jim Harvey said: "We hope to have David on board by Thursday, making him available for the game (against Eastbourne Borough) this weekend.
"He is someone I've watched for a while – he could have joined us in the summer – and has good pedigree.
"Kaid has been made available simply because he wants to play regularly, something I can't offer him at the moment. There has been no fall-out."
Brown played alongside Forest Green's top scorer Andy Mangan at Accrington Stanley, and counts Hull City, Torquay United, Chester City, Telford United and Hereford United among his other former clubs.
He is known to favour playing in 'the hole' as a support striker, a position currently being filled by the back-to-form Adriano Rigoglioso.
Mohamed has managed six goals in 28 appearances for the New Lawn outfit this term, gaining a reputation as an impact substitute.
A bout of flu means the Welshman is unlikely to feature in tonight's Setanta Shield southern semi-final at Woking (7.45pm), when Harvey's resources will be stretched to the limit again.
Darren Jones is a major doubt after succumbing to the same illness and Lee Ayres is cup-tied, so Jerry Gill and Mark Preece are likely to continue their partnership in central defence.
Curtis McDonald should return to the squad but Alex Lawless (hamstring) will not be risked with four vital Blue Square Premier matches looming.
Rovers' Reserves are also in action today at AFC Bournemouth (2pm), with long-term absentee Ben Ashford a likely starter.
l FOREST GREEN have been drawn at home to either Hednesford Town or Welling United in the last 16 of the FA Trophy, to be played on Saturday, January 31.