Corby Town boss Graham Drury says that patience has paid off in his pursuit of Kettering Town striker Jean-Paul Marna.
The 30-year-old had been the Poppies' leading scorer this season and joins the Steelmen on loan until January.
Drury told BBC Radio Northampton: "JP's never forgotten that I spotted him at Berkhamsted and helped with his move to Kettering.
"Sometimes you have to be patient to get what you want. He can win you a game at the drop of a hat," he added.
"He's someone I get on really well with. He'd spoken to me a lot, and has seen that we were a progressive club.
"It's been difficult at Kettering at the moment, and seeing us going well, he expressed a desire to join us."
Drury has praised the for their assistance in allowing Marna to make the move to Steel Park.
"All credit to Kettering chairman Imraan Ladak," he said. "He's really done the best for JP.
"He turned down bigger deals than we could offer to let us take him on loan."