MOSSLEY have signed Ben Woods from local rivals Stalybridge Celtic where he was out of favour.
Manager David Fish made the move to sign a replacement after loan-signing Keaton Mulvey returned to League One club Rochdale.
Mulvey, a teenage striker, was captured from Dale on a three-month loan which expired at the end of November,
However, as Mossley have been unable to play since early November because of the second national lockdown, Mulvey returned to Spotland early.
Fish has not given up hope that Mulvey might return in January.
He said: “We are only allowed to loan players for 90 days which, in Keaton’s case, has expired.
“There is a possibility we could bring him back in January, probably on a loan for the remainder of the season, something we will explore.”
Mulvey, who operated as a left-sided forward, impressed Fish.
He said: “Keaton started well and contributed a lot to the team before his form tailed off a little.
“He gave us something different as well as being versatile in forward positions.
“Keaton is a quality footballer with all the attributes to have a good career in the game. “
Mulvey’s roots are firmly in Tameside as he spent his early years in Denton where he went to Greswell Primary.
His family moved to Hattersley and he continued his education at Alder Community High School, Gee Cross.
Mulvey played for Hattersley FC between the ages of seven and 15 before joining Curzon Ashton where he impressed Dale playing against them in the FA Youth Cup.
Woods, signed by Celtic from West Didsbury and Chorlton in the summer, had recently fallen out of favour at Bower Fold.
Mossley have reached a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ to sign Woods.
In essence he is a Lilywhites’ player but, if needed by Celtic in the future, they would allow him to return to the club.
“Ben is another young player who fits the profile we are looking for. He gives us versatility on the left being able to play full back of midfield,” explained Fish.
Woods, who has also played for 1874 Northwich, Ramsbottom United, Abbey Hey and Hyde United, was 23 years of age when he signed for Celtic in the summer.