PROLIFIC marksman Scott Ramsay has joined Hastings United.
The Ryman Premier club beat off competition from a number of higher level sides to capture the signature of the the highly-rated 27-year-old striker.
Ramsay made his name at Eastbourne Borough where during a six-year spell he scored 135 goals in 283 appearances.
The failure to come to an agreement over the length of a new contract at Borough meant he suddenly became available, alerting the likes of Hastings, Havant & Waterlooville, Welling, AFC Wimbledon and Burgess Hill Town.
Ramsay, who was born in Hastings and still lives in the town, told manager John Lambert on Wednesday night that he would be joining.
"I had offers from other clubs but I've known John a while and I believe he can do a good job," he said. "I feel it's a big club and I know I can do a job and help them progress."
Ramsay started his career with Brighton & Hove Albion before brief spells at Yeovil Town and Dover Athletic.
The U's have also swooped for the services of Chris May to take over between the posts from Lee Worgan who last month signed for Tonbridge Angels.
May, 22, finished last season with Burgess Hill Town but his former clubs include Crawley Town, Ramsgate, Worthing, Bognor and Hastings where he made a favourable impression during two brief spells.
It has also been reported that Marc Whiteman has agreed to join Hastings.
The former Manchester United reserve was last season's top scorer in Sussex with 49 goals for Ringmer.