RAMSBOTTOM United have swooped to sign Colne striker Jason Hart ahead of the new Evo-Stik League Division One North season.

Hart finished as top scorer in the North West Counties League Premier Division last season as Colne won the title but the 25-year-old has opted to switch to the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium for next term.

The striker joins Gareth Seddon, Sam Freakes and Chris Cheetham as Ramsbottom summer signings.

And joint Rams bosses Paul Fildes and Mark Fell are pleased to have signed the Accrington-based striker.

“We are made up to have Jay at Ramsbottom,” said Fildes, “He is a proven goalscorer who wants to continue his rich goal-scoring form at Evo-Stik level, but more importantly he’s a great character to have in the dressing room and will complement our team dynamic.”

Fell added, “it’s no secret that I tried to sign Jay on more than one occasion for previous clubs, but for one reason or another the timing wasn’t right for either party.

"I feel now we are getting a striker who is in great condition, looking to get to the next level by working hard and learning to improve his game further, I’m excited to be working with him.”

Hart, who is likely to make his debut for Ramsbottom at Nelson in a pre-season friendly on July 16, added: "I’m excited to begin this new footballing challenge, working with new players, some highly qualified and experienced staff, a great team behind the scenes and an excellent fan base.

"I can’t wait to pull on a Ramsbottom shirt and contributing to a successful season.”

Meanwhile, Colne have signed Joe Garvin from Stockport County.

Steve Cunningham's side fought off some stiff competition for the midfielder who has opted to re-join the club he left a year ago.

"It feels great to be back home," said Garvin. "Steve is still as ambitious as ever, and I can't not be a part of it.

"I enjoyed my time at Stockport, but work commitments mean I need to be closer to home. I still want to play at the highest standard possible, and I firmly believe that Colne are making the right noise both on and off the pitch."