Bury Town have agreed a deal in principal with an attacking midfielder from a Conference North club to become their third signing of the summer.
The unnamed player, who can also operate up front, is set to confirm his arrival at Ram Meadow on returning from holiday and informing his previous club of his departure.
It immediately fills a hole at Bury left by fans’ favourite Sam Reed, who spent much of last season playing just behind 33-goal top scorer John Sands.
“It’s another big signing for us,” said director of football Trevor Collins. “We are pleased to get hold of him.
“It’s all coming together nicely and we should be meeting with another player over the next few days.”
Former Football League striker Richard Logan — who endured a miserable and injury-hit 10-game spell at Bury last season in which he only netted one goal is set to return in pre-season to try and secure a new deal with his hometown club.
Callum Kearns, whose past three seasons have been ruined by serious knee injuries, is another Bury hope to be back in training this summer.
Mark Coulson, Elliot Hunter, Evan Key, Sam Nunn and Sam Reed have all left Ram Meadow, while the Blues are still trying to sort out the futures of Connor Hall, Craig Parker, Jordan Patrick, Russell Short and Adam Tann.
Hall, who has only just undergone a groin operation, is keen to move into the professional game after being so close to joining Leyton Orient last autumn.
Although he is out of contract, Bury would be entitled to a fee because of his age.
Short is another exploring his options, while Bury are due to meet Parker, Patrick and Tann over the coming fortnight.
Bury squad (as it stands): Goalkeeper: Marcus Garnham. Defenders: Tom Bullard, Seb Dunbar. Midfielders: Dave Bridges, Billy Clark, John Kennedy, Lee Reed. Forwards: John Sands, Ryan Taylor, Liam Wales.