Torquay United have won the chase for 20-year-old former Aston Villa midfielder Jamie Ward.
Ward, who was also being pursued by Stockport and Wrexham, has signed a three-year deal at Plainmoor.
"I've been after this lad for a long time. He will be a massive asset to the club," Torquay boss Ian Atkins told his club's website.
Ward was released by Villa without making a first-team appearance, scoring once on loan at Stockport last season.