KIDDERMINSTER Harriers right-back Lee Vaughan is set to become Cheltenham Town's first new signing of the summer, the Echo understands.
The 27-year-old is expected to pen a two year deal at Whaddon Road, replacing Sido Jombati in the full-back role.
Vaughan has been at Conference Premier club Kidderminster since 2010, having started out as a trainee at Walsall. He has also been on the books of AFC Telford, where he was a firm fans' favourite.
The ultra-competitive Vaughan joined Telford from Walsall in January 2006. He made 48 appearances for Harriers last season and has made a total of more than 150 for the Aggborough club.
Boss Mark Yates says that while he may have to work harder to attract players after a 17th-placed finish following two years of play-off involvement, he is confident he can build a competitive squad.
“It could be harder, but I think people know it’s a good club trying to do things the right way,” Yates said.
“We didn’t have a good season, but there are hundreds of players out there and so many have been released.
“We need to be selective because I want young, hungry players, with desire and energy, as well as an ability to understand what we are asking of them.”
Yates said he was more fired up than ever before to bring the good times back and he knows the first thing he must do is convince supporters he is the right man to move the club forward.
“We need to entertain our supporters because they’ve had a tough year,” he said.
“That’s the vision we have, because we want to put smiles back on the crowd’s faces and we also want people to come to work with a smile on their faces and make sure we are all pulling together.
“We have to connect with the fans again and understand what they are after.
“We need to hit ground running in August and we as a club need to engage the fans more and I need to engage fans more.
“We’ll be making every effort to make it more of a family club again and of course we need the supporters onside.
“We need to bring players in to make them want to come and watch and winning home games is obviously something we need to see a massive improvement on from last season.”