Northampton Town manager Justin Edinburgh says the signing of Billy Waters highlights the club's policy to sign young players with potential to blend with a number of senior, experienced players already at the club.
Waters joins George Smith and Leon Lobjoit in signing for the club this summer from a lower level, but all three are young players who have been identified by the club as players with potential.
"Billy is a very good signing," said manager Justin Edinburgh.
"Our policy is to try and sign younger players with excellent potential. We have watched Billy for 6 months or so and had a lot of exciting reports about him. The Chairman has backed us and allowed us to buy him and bring him to the club and that is fantastic. As a manager, I like the mentality of players who bounce back quickly and Billy did that after dropping into non-league with Cheltenham for a season. That shows character and that is important.
"Billy will bring confidence, a real belief in himself and he will be a perfect fit and blend with the other strikers we have here. He will learn a lot off the likes of Marc Richards and Alex Revell and working alongside them will help him.
"The players we are recruiting this summer are a blend of those who have experience and who have had success at this level along with younger players with potential who have a hunger and desire and that is the balance and blend we are looking for.
"I felt we were one dimensional last season and the signings we have made so far this summer go some way to addressing that. We need flexibility and that is what the new boys are bringing to the team."