Free-scoring striker Ricky German has enjoyed the perfect start to the New Year after landing a dream move back into the Football League with Crawley Town.
The 19-year-old former Chesterfield hitman has netted 21 times in 28 games for Southern League Hendon this season, attracting the attention of a number of professional clubs.
German signed a two-year pro deal with the Spireites at the age of 17, making three first-team appearances as the club slipped down from League One to the National League in successive seasons.
After his release last summer, German joined Alfreton Town, where he rediscovered his goalscoring form, while also turning out for Sheffield FC and Matlock Town in loan spells.
Crawley’s Director of Football Selim Gaygusuz said: “Ricky is a player we have been watching since the start of the season. He had a difficult time at Chesterfield, has come back to London and dropped into Non-League to try and rebuild his career and get back into the professional game.
“He is quick with a natural eye for goal and we’re delighted he’s decided to join us, because he was wanted by a lot of clubs.
“We got Ashley Nathaniel-George from Hendon and Ricky used to go to school with Ash and he has seen that Ash has had opportunities with us. If he can make the same impact as Ash then he could be a really good signing for us.
“He knows he will have to work hard to impress [manager] Gabriele Cioffi but the opportunity for him is there.”