Wanderers have signed former Gillingham striker Gerald Sithole to play in their new B Team set-up.
The 19-year-old, who can play across the front line, came through the youth system at Priestfield and has already made 22 senior appearances for the Gills.
He was released at the end of last season and offered a trial with Wanderers, who feel he has promise and could adapt to their style of play this season.
Sithole, from Ashford, made his Gillingham debut in April 2021 as a late substitute in a 2-2 draw against Northampton Town and scored his first senior goal against Crawley in the Carabao Cup the following season.
He had previously been a member of the Gills’ successful youth side and represented Kent at Under-16 and Under-18 level.
Former manager, Steve Evans, likened him to Brentford and England striker, Ivan Toney, after scoring in an FA Cup game against Cheltenham Town last season.
“Gerald has got everything to be a really good player and I’m absolutely in love with him,” he said. “He’s a really good finisher – his goal today was like an Ivan Toney finish.”
Wanderers have made a raft of new signings for their B Team set-up, which will also include a core of the club’s younger professionals and scholars.
The side will play in the Central League but also have their fixture schedule supplemented by a series of friendly games against North West non-league opponents, where possible.
Among the new signings is ex-Manchester United midfielder Connor Stanley, former Wolves striker, Conor Carty and Warrington Town prospect Matt Grivosti.
Lyndon Sackey, formerly of Reading, and midfielder Nelson Khumbeni, who joins the club from Norwich City, are also on the books for Matt Craddock’s side.