HARRIERS have signed striker Joe Ironside from Nuneaton Town.

The 23-year-old forward has inked a long-term deal at Aggborough that ties him to the club until the summer of 2019.

The hit man already has 18 goals to his name so far this campaign in all competitions and goes straight into the squad for Tuesday night’s match at Tamworth.

A former Sheffield United youth prospect, Ironside spent three years with the Blades, picking up non-league experience with the likes of Halifax and Harrogate before moving to Afreton Town and, just over year ago, Nuneaton Town.

His form for Nuneaton this season has caught the attention of many but despite attentions from teams above Harriers in the National League North and National League, Ironside has opted to make the switch to Aggborough.

The transfer has been completed only thanks to the Crowdfunder Give It 100% Campaign held earlier this year, raising £10,000. This has enabled Harriers to pay a five-figure fee to Nuneaton for Joe’s services.

Chairman Colin Gordon added: “As a football club we are not cash-rich and as such, without the Crowdfunder money, we wouldn’t be able to bring Joe here.

“A lot of work has gone into signing him and our supporters should be in no doubt as to how much they’ve made this possible.

“Joe is a young and hungry footballer and was very highly sought after, and we hope he can not only be a big help in our push for promotion, but also a big part of our future.”