Rushden boss Graham Westley beat the deadline to sign long-standing target, veteran striker Dino Maamria from Conference rivals Southport.
Maamria, 34, joined Diamonds on a free transfer after agreeing an 18-month deal and rejoins forces with Westley who he played under at Stevenage.
Rushden have also signed 22-year-old striker Chris Beardsley on a free transfer from Mansfield Town.
Diamonds have extended the loan stay of Boston defender Mark Albrighton.
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