GLASSBOYS boss Ian Long has confirmed that signing another striker is top of his shopping list after a proposed move to bring in former Chorley Town marksman Adam McGurk broke down.

Long admitted this week that he wouldn't be pursuing any further interest in McGurk and will set his sights elsewhere.

Busy Long has already brought in his former Alvechurch targetman Aaron Lloyd together with Stratford Town striker Michael Taylor.

But Long still needs to fill the void created by Luke Benbow's move to rivals Nuneaton last week following an undisclosed four figure deal.

Long heaped praise on Lloyd and said: "We were a better side at Alvechurch when Aaron was playing. We've worked really hard on his fitness and he's become a real handful for defenders. All he needs is to add more goals to his game."

At the opposite end of the pitch, Long pulled off a coup by snapping up Stratford Town's right sided defender Jordan Williams, who chose to join Stourbridge ahead of Kidderminster Harriers.

Long added: "I think it helped that we've already captured Darren Grocott and Michael Taylor from Stratford."

It would have been a quartet of Stratford players but Callum Powell has opted to follow Luke Benbow and join rivals Nuneaton.

But Long has been handed an unexpected bonus with midfield man Brad Birch doing a U-turn and has returned to the Glassboys instead of joining local next door neighbours Halesowen Town.

Long explained: "He was one of the Stourbridge players I really wanted to keep and I tried to sign him last season for Alvechurch.

"Apart from speaking to Brad myself, chairman Andy Pountney and vice chairman Andy Bullingham also got in touch with Brad. He accepted he'd made the wrong decision by stepping down a level at this stage of his career."