HEREFORD FC have signed striker Joey Butlin from Chasetown.

He arrives on a 'short-term non contract' deal and is available ahead of today's game.

“He’s a big strong player who holds the ball up well, he’s got a bit of grit and nastiness about him, he uses his body well and brings other players into the game. He’s got a good temperament and has trained well," Hereford manager Josh Gowling told the club's website.

“We’ve done our research on him, I’ve spoken to the assistant manager at Chasetown who I played with at Bournemouth and Nathan Vaughan knows him as well and I’ve only heard good things about him,” Gowling added.

Butlin has impressed during his time at Chasetown in the Northern Premier League Division One South East (step four of non-league), scoring nine goals in twelve appearances.

Their manager Mark Swann said: "Joey has been superb for us in the short time we have had him this season, netting nine goals in 12 appearances.

"Hereford made contact with us and invited Joey into training, not surprisingly he has really impressed their management team which has led to Joey's signature.

“It’s great for a club like Chasetown when teams take notice of our players and he goes with our blessing to try his hand at one of the highest levels in the non-league pyramid.

“The door will always remain open for him to return.

"Although we know our fans might be disappointed that we have lost our leading scorer for this season, we certainly cannot stand in his way particularly while we have no fixtures of our own to fulfil.”