FLEETWOOD Town have beaten off competition from a host of Football League clubs to sign highly-regarded Halifax Town winger Jamie Vardy in what is probably a club record deal.
Town have not named the amount they have paid for the 24-year-old, but manager Micky Mellon described it as a ‘massive’ signing.
The fee could well be a club record for Fleetwood.
It was only recently that another Blue Square Bet Premier club Stockport County had a bid of £50,000 rejected for Vardy.
Mellon said: “You haven’t been able to get a seat in the stand at Halifax for all the scouts that have been coming to watch him - Preston North End, Huddersfield, Crewe, you name it.”
Vardy signed for Halifax in the summer of 2010 and can play on either wing.
Mellon said: “Vardy is two-footed, aggressive and very quick.
“I have been watching him for a year now, and we decided to make a move while a lot of Football League clubs dithered about whether they were going to sign him.”
Vardy is due to feature at some stage on Friday night in the televised home clash with York City.
He will be involved, probably from the bench.
Vardy played a large part in Halifax’s promotion to Blue Square Bet North last season when the club were crowned Evo-Stik Premier Division Champions after finishing 19 points clear of the rest of the pack.
Vardy joins Fleetwood on a permanent deal at the same time as right-back Danny Holmes has signed on a month’s loan from Halifax Town.
Striker Gareth Seddon has joined Fleetwood’s ever-lengthening casualty-list with an ankle injury.