Central defender Dominic Smith has today stepped up three levels to join Evo-Stik Premier Division side Halesowen Town.
Dom re-joined Hinckley in the summer after suffering injury problems following his initial departure, and quickly slotted back into the backline.
Over the course of his two spells at the club, he made 49 appearances and scored six goals, the latest of which came only last week against Atherstone Town.
On his decision to join Halesowen, he said: “I’d like to extend a big thank you to the fans, staff and players for welcoming me back to the club for a second time. It’s been great and I’ve loved every minute of of being back at this great club.
“I’m sad to be leaving but it’s a chance I can’t turn down, and if I don’t take it I may never know if I can play at a higher level or not.
“Thanks for all the support, and the very best of luck to the lads for the rest of the season.”
He follows Lee Thomas, Ryan Seal, Javia Roberts, Chad Degville-Cross and Bekir Halil in joining a club at least two steps higher in the last few months – evidence of the club making great strides in moving players on to higher levels. In that time, Alex Penny has also become the first former AFC player to play in the Football League.
Good luck Dom!