By Matt Bishop
National League side Solihull Moors have swooped to complete the double signing of striker Richard Brodie and young left-back Joe Payne.
The experienced Brodie, 30, joins permanently from Northern Premier League Division One North side Skelmersdale, while Payne, 18, is very highly regarded at League Two side Barnet and has joined Moors on a one-month loan deal.
Brodie has a wealth of footballing experience, and won the conference with Crawley Town, after joining them from York City in 2010 for a reported £275,000 – a deal that smashed the record fee between two Non-League sides.
In total, Brodie has amassed over 500 senior appearances for 16 clubs, and Solihull boss Liam McDonald told the club’s official website: “Richard will add great experience to our squad and bring something that we’ve been missing.
“He’s a striker with a vast amount of experience and a prolific goalscorer who’s at the right age.
“Players like that are not easy to find so I’m delighted we’ve been able to work something out to get him at Solihull Moors. He looked fit and sharp in training last night.
“It brings another dimension to our attack as he’ll be a focal point and our other forwards will feed off the fact he’s a target man.”
McDonald is equally excited about signing Payne, who has been on the cusp of Barnet’s exciting first-team since making his debut last season.
“Joe’s a young lad who has been in and around Barnet’s first-team and we’re giving him an opportunity to get out and play regularly.” said McDonald.
“We’ve been struggling in this area as left-backs are hard to find with many on contract even lower down the pyramid and with younger players, it’s about getting the right one and we feel Joe is.
“He trains with Barnet’s first-team on a daily basis and comes to Solihull with a point to prove.”
Brodie and Payne are both available for tomorrow’s match as Moors prepare to host promotion hopefuls Dagenham & Redbridge.
By Matt Bishop