HOT-SHOT striker Connor Waldon has rejoined Gloucester City on loan to complete manager Dave Mehew’s squad overhaul.
The 19-year-old front man bagged seven goals in a 10-game spell with the Tigers earlier in the season before being recalled by parent club Swindon Town and sent to Skrill Premier outfit Tamworth.
But after returning from a short and unsuccessful loan stint at the Lamb Ground, Mehew acted quickly in order to seal the signing ahead of Tuesday night's pay what you want game against Barrow (7.45pm).
Tonight's game has passed a morning pitch inspection and will go ahead as planned, ending a run of seven successive postponements for the Tigers.
Waldon will join Reading goalkeeper Stuart Moore in the Tigers new-looks squad for a game which the club are optimistic of going ahead despite the recent wet weather.
With the arrival of Waldon, Moore, new defender Ruairidh Winters, midfielder Jordan Goddard and forwards Charlie Griffin, Nat Jarvis and Adam Mann – Mehew has now said his overhaul is complete.
Add in that the Barrow game will be the first time that new assistant manager Matt Rose will be in the dugout and it will be an altogether different Tigers side that goes into action.
“Our form during 2013 was just not good enough, so I decided to act,” Mehew said.
“The side that takes to the field against Barrow will be a very different one to the one that played against Stalybridge in our last game.
“I warned the boys that I would be forced to act if we didn’t improve and I’ve been true to my word.
“Re-signing Connor was a no-brainer, I’ve been on Swindon’s case since he went back there.
“We were good for each other during his first spell and hopefully he can go on to have the same kind of impact now.
“He will enjoy playing with Charlie Griffin and Nat Jarvis, and with Manny back in the squad as well there is a really fresh look to our front line.”
Goalkeeper Moore – the brother of Bristol City stopper Simon Moore – comes highly recommended from contacts Mehew has at Reading.
He is set to go straight into the team, although Mehew has already seen a positive reaction to the move from his long-term number one Mike Green.
The City boss challenged Green to react in the same manner as England and Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart did to being dropped, and so far he has been happy with the reaction.
“Mike has taken it quite well and he needs the challenge,” Mehew said. “Just like with Joe Hart at Manchester City did when he was dropped, Mike has to respond.
“If he does that in the right fashion then I am sure he will come back into the side as a better goalkeeper, if that happens then it will have
been the right move.”
Tuesday#8217;s game will be the second time City have attempted to stage a pay what you want fixture, where admission charges will be scrapped with fans paying only what they feel is appropriate.
It is also the second attempt at playing Barrow – a side who are much improved from their early-season form that saw them risk relegation for a second successive season.
“Barrow have shown what can happen if you win a few games in a row and that’s motivation for us,” Mehew said.
“We need to get a few wins on the board in these next few games because that gives us a start while we still have games in hand on the rest.
“Despite us not playing for a month, we haven’t fallen behind any of the other teams down there and three or four wins in the next month will see us pointing in the right direction.”