SALISBURY FC manager Steve Claridge has added even more firepower to his strike force, for the club's promotion run-in with the signing of striker Luke Hopper.

The Devizes-born sharp shooter has joined the Whites from National League South side Hungerford, who play two leagues above Salisbury in the football pyramid.

The 28-year-old frontman had looked to be on his way to Southern League Premier League leaders Hereford.

However, Claridge nipped in to get his man, a forward he admits to have tracking for a while and wanted to bring to the club in the summer.

Hopper will be a great asset as the Whites look to make sure of an automatic promotion place.

Claridge said: "I am really delighted he has signed for us as there were a number of clubs after him. He is great addition to the squad and he will go straight into the squad for the game at Evesham on Saturday."

Even better news for the Whites fans is that Hopper has signed for the rest of this season and the next, as Claridge looks to build a solid outfit for hopefully life in the Southern League Premier.

Hopper, a product of the Swindon Town academy, went onto play for Chippenham Town, Hungerford, Swindon Supermarine and Gloucester City, before returning to Hungerford this season for a second spell.

In total he has made over 220 appearances and scored 111 goals.

A confident goalscorer with a great passion for the game, Hopper was Swindon Supermarine’s top scorer in seasons 2014/15 and 2015/16 with 37 goals in total.

Last term in the National League North with Gloucester he hit the net 20 times, so the striker certainly knows where the net is and will take the pressure off other forwards at the club.