AMBITIOUS Farnborough Town chief Graham Westley has underlined his intentions for the season ahead by snapping up, arguably, his most important signing yet.
Westley, who hinted last week that this could be his final season in the FTFC hot seat, demonstrated his title aspirations by landing long-term target, Tony Pennock, from Rushden & Diamonds on a three-year deal.
Goalkeeper Pennock, 31, completed a successful loan period at the AIMITA Stadium last season and was influential in a run which saw the club gain 19 points from its last nine games.
Westley has chased Pennock ever since, but only now has he managed to bargain with Diamonds boss Brian Talbot in luring his man at the right price.
Talbot initial £75,000 price tag was laughed off but it seems that Westley has bagged his man for a fee of around half that.
Westley said: "Tony begun to show us last season what an asset he can become and is another important piece of the jigsaw that is being put together here.
"The strong belief that this team already has will be further strengthened now.
"Although there is a healthy respect within the camp for our opponents in this league, there certainly isn't any fear."
And Boro secretary Vince Williams added: "Everybody at the club will be delighted with the news. Tony's commanding confidence will compliment the excellent signings already made, this is one of the best signings this club has ever made and underlines our intentions for next season."
For Pennock, the signing ends a frustrating period at Rushden & Diamonds, where he found himself mainly on the substitute's bench as understudy to Billy Turley.
Indeed Pennock made just five appearances in Nationwide division three last season after moving to Nene Park on a free transfer from Yeovil Town.
But his loan move to the AIMITA Stadium in the spring earned him a loyal band of new followers after a number of fine performances made him an instant hit with the Boro fans.
Speaking this week, Pennock said: "If I'm being honest, it's not a surprise. I knew they [Farnborough] were interested from when I went on loan and I only had one year left on my contract.
"They knew I wasn't happy in a situation where I wouldn't play as long as Billy was there. I just want to play football at my age and now I've got a longer contract. Hopefully I will finish my coaching badges and take it from there."
Former boss Talbot admitted: "I didn't want Tony to go. But the club felt they should take the money because the offer was too good to turn down."
Pennock joins former Rushden team-mate Garry Butterworth at Farnborough this summer and becomes the club's fourth major signing along with Danny Carroll, Butterworth and striker Ken Charlery.
Don't forget, working parties will be held at the ground tonight (Tuesday) and Thursday from 6pm onwards. Season tickets will be on sale on both of those nights from 6pm to 7pm.
A working party has also been set up for Sunday morning at 10am and, while thanking those who have already given up their time, the club would appreciate any additional help.