Former Preston striker Lee Trundle has joined Conference North leaders Chester.
The veteran centre forward was released from his contract at Deepdale in January after enduring an injury-ravaged season.
Signed in the summer by previous North End boss Graham Westley, Trundle was seriously injured in a pre-season friendly at Morecambe, which limited him to only a few minutes of first-team action at Deepdale for the rest of the season.
The 36-year-old mutually agreed to end his stay at PNE early, with a view to playing non-league football while combining a burgeoning career in the media.
Chester boss Neil Young had no hesitation in offering Trundle – scorer of more than 100 Football League goals and once the subject of a £1m transfer to Bristol City – a non-contract deal for the rest of the season.
He said: “We tried to sign Lee in the summer but there were League clubs in for him and he eventually went to Preston,” said Young.
“He picked up a bad injury in his second game but he is now clear of that and he has been training full-time at Preston.
“Lee contacted me to see if we were still interested. We were, as when a player of his experience and ability comes along with 10 weeks of the season to go you have to be.”