Lee Mansell has signed for Bristol Rovers after turning down a new deal at Conference Premier rivals Torquay.
Mansell was the Gulls' captain and longest-serving player, having spent the last eight years at Plainmoor.
The 31-year-old midfielder made 380 appearances for the club who, like Rovers, were relegated from the Football League last season.
"I've had eight fantastic years at Torquay but I felt, at 31, I need a new challenge," he told BBC Radio Bristol.
"I want to reinvigorate myself and try and add another dimension to the way I play football.
"Rovers don't want to be dilly-dallying around in the Conference for too long. My personal aim is to get back playing in the Football League as fast as possible."