GRESLEY manager Gary Norton has moved to fill the gap left by the nasty injury to winger Rob Spencer.
The Moat boss has signed young Stamford wide-man Louis Hamilton to cover for Spencer, who is out for the rest of the season with a badly broken jaw.
“We enquired about a couple of players a few weeks ago,” Norton told Mailsport last night.
“Louis has now decided to join us and we’re delighted to have got him signed on.
“He’s a pacy winger, which fits his name perfectly!
“He can play out wide or up front and is seriously quick.
“It was important for us to get him.”
Leicester-based Hamilton has been tempted to the Moat to join in with Gresley’s play-off push in Evo-Stik NPL First Division South.
Although Stamford are also in the promotion mixer, the move to South Derbyshire will cut down the young winger’s travelling.
“From a balance perspective we’ve now got someone who gives us something similar to Rob,” said Norton. “But Rob is irreplacable as far as I’m concerned.”
Hamilton, formerly of Quorn, where ex-Derby County striker Luke Varney began his career, goes straight into the squad for today’s home clash with Romulus.
TWO ex-Gresley Rovers players have died in recent weeks.
Striker Ian Wells passed away a week ago at the age of 48.
He played for Rovers for a single season in 1988/89, making 30 appearances and scoring three goals.
He went on to run a pub in Stoke and a wine bar in Wolverhampton.
Alan Taylor, who made 52 appearances for the Moatmen, scoring twice, died on January 19 at the age of 61.
He had two spells at the club, where his brother, Arthur, also played 30 first-team games.
His funeral was held yesterday at Bretby Crematorium.