ALVECHURCH boss Ian Long believes he's added a vital piece to his defensive jigsaw by snapping up Halesowen Town's Kyle Morrison.

Central defender Morrison has spent the past three years at Halesowen having previously played for Alvechurch.

Long explained: "Kyle was at Alvechurch when I moved across from Tividale.

"I brought a number of players with me and Kyle was somewhat down the pecking order at the time.

"We played Halesowen in a pre-season friendly and Kyle really caught the eye to the point where Halesowen signed him.

"We've done well to get Kyle back because Halesowen certainly didn't want to lose him. Kyle has plenty of step three experience and is just what we need."

With fellow central defenders Jamie Willetts, Ashley Carter and Andy Parsons already on board for next season, Long now has the option of playing with a back three.

Long is already resigned to the fact he has lost the services of Jamie Ashmore after failing to agree terms. Both Bedworth United and Halesowen are believed to be tracking Ashmore.

Long confirmed he is still looking to add a right sided player to the squad but said: " If I can keep hold of midfield man Babacar Sauane and striker Yusifu Ceesay, then I'm happy with what we've got. We have the basis of a strong squad."