Negating the expected move of Nicky Cadden, Forest Green boss Ian Burchnall has landed Sheffield United wing-back Harry Boyes on a season-long loan.
The left-sided 20-year-old has been handed Cadden’s number 11 shirt, with the flying Scotsman understood to be in talks with two Championship clubs.
Boyes spent last season on loan at Solihull Moors, helping the club reach the National League promotion final.
Boyes’ move comes after he agreed a new three-year deal at Bramall Lane.
“It’s my first opportunity to play in the EFL, which will be a great new challenge,” Boyes said.
“I was in the National League with Solihull last season and we did very well.
“I know Ian (Burchnall, Forest Green manager) quite well too after playing against his sides a few times and his style of play suits me so I’m looking forward to that,” he told the club website.
Boyes becomes Rovers’ sixth signing as Burchnall reshapes the League Two title-winning squad that has seen Ebou Adams and Kane Wilson join Championship outfits Cardiff City and Bristol City, respectively and Dan Sweeney make the switch to Stevenage.
“He was a stand-out player in the team of the season last year and he has an outstanding year with Solihull,” added Rovers boss Burchnall.
“Sheffield United rate him really highly and this is the next step in his development.
“We feel that he’s more than capable of making the step up, he can add a lot to the quality of the team, great on the ball and technically a very gifted player.”