The chance to sign former Alfreton Town midfielder Dan Dillon was too good to turn down, according to Workington Reds manager Darren Edmondson.
Dillon, 24, left the Blue Square Bet North champions at the end of last season and has returned to his native Cumbria for work commitments.
"We can't turn down someone with his talent and experience," Edmondson told BBC Radio Cumbria.
"He's had to move back to the area and fallen into our lap, so to speak."
Alfreton boss Nicky Law signed Dillon from Hinckley in October 2010, and he lists Team Bath and Carlisle United among his former clubs.
Dillon has been joined at Borough Park by former Barrow playmaker Mark Boyd, while there is also the possibility of a return for Tony Hopper, who is training with the Reds to assess his fitness.
The former Carlisle player, 35, retired from football at the end of the 2009-10 season after a 19-year career.
"I've spoken to Tony a couple of times and he's realistic about what can come from him at his age," Edmondson added.
"Taking a year out at 34 makes it difficult, taking a year out at 23 your legs are still there.
"Tony will come and do all the pre-season, play in the matches and assess himself and hopefully he'll be ok to do another year.
"I haven't pencilled him into the squad, we're just going to see how it goes and fingers crossed he'll be able to make it.
"His experience was missed last year, and his contributions on the field were brilliant the year before."