Dan Fitchett already knows what it’s like to be the hero at Aldershot Town – he scored a winner at the Rec for his school when he was just 12.
The Fleet-based 23-year-old has joined Andy Scott’s Shots on a free transfer from stricken Salisbury City, where he served 14 days’ notice after the club broke the terms of his contract.
Aldershot is a place he knows well having grown up nearby as well as putting in his UEFA 'B' coaching hours with the Shots' youth team.
And it also holds a special memory from his childhood.
Fitchett, who also works for the club's Football in the Community Scheme, said: “I scored the winner there when I was about 12 for Velmead in my junior school final – I’ve still got it on VHS.
“We won 1-0. I don’t remember much about the game other than the fact the pitch was huge and we were knackered because we were so tiny.
"But I also remember scoring my goal at the High Street end. It hit the post, came back to me and I put it in – it was a clinical finish."
Fitchett scored 16 times for the Whites last season and he is backing himself to find the net regularly again for Shots.
“Hopefully I can get a few more,” he added. “It’s always a target to get more. I think I can get 20-plus, it’s getting that consistency.
“It’s a good set-up down there, I know they are signing some good, experienced players.
"Last season they were signing players last-minute so I know the manager is excited about the squad he can put together with a bit more time.”
Fitchett joins his former captain at Salisbury, Glenn Wilson, at the Electrical Services Stadium next season.