Colwyn Bay have completed the signing of 19-year-old centre half Anthony Stephens on loan from Wrexham in time for him to play against Gainsborough Trinity on Saturday.
He will replace club stalwart Danny Meadowcroft who is being released to talk to Evostik League clubs Trafford and New Mills, who have put in seven days for him.
Stephens is highly-rated by Wrexham and has been a regular with the youth team as well as the reserves and scored with a header from a corner in the recent 6-0 win over Tranmere Rovers.
The loan deal is initially until January, with the possibility of that being extended to the end of the season if it suits both clubs.
The departure of Danny Meadowcroft marks the end of four years of sterling service, broken only by a short spell at Witton Albion, and he played a big part in the club winning promotion to the Conference North in 2011.
Chairman David Messom said: “Danny has found the demands in this league tough and wants to step down a division or two, plus the long away trips are not helping him with his family.
“We wish him all the and thank him for all his hard work playing for the Bay.”
The club have also signed former Barrow goalkeeper Shaun Pearson on a short-term deal as cover for Chris Sanna while Danny East is out of action with glandular fever.