Harrogate Town fill striker void as Josh March signs from Stevenage FC for an undisclosed fee
The Sulphurites have completed a permanent move for former loan star Josh March, who arrives at Wetherby Road from League One Stevenage.
With uncertainty surrounding the future of Armstrong for the best part of the last month, Town boss Simon Weaver repeatedly insisted that he would only sanction the exit of his first-choice centre-forward if he had a suitable replacement lined up.
Thus, having eventually agreed terms with the Welsh outfit late on Friday evening, Harrogate swooped for 26-year-old March, paying an undisclosed figure to secure his signature.
“We are delighted to have Marchy back with us,” Weaver said. “He plays the game with lots of energy but also knows where the back of the net is.
"In his last spell with the club he scored freely and anytime he crossed that line you knew he was going to be a threat going forward. He has an edge and that’s what we like about him.
"Obviously, since he was last with us, he has had promotion experience with Stevenage and Forest Green. Having those experiences brings an understanding of what it takes to do well at this level.”
Having made his name as a goal-scorer with Leamington in National League North, the pacy forward caught the eye of Forest Green Rovers, who snapped him up in 2019/2020.
The following season saw him loaned out to Harrogate, where he enjoyed a successful couple of months, netting five times in 14 appearances, 10 of which were starts.
His time with the Sulphurites was however cut short due to him damaging both the medial collateral ligament and cartilage inside his right knee during a 3-0 home win over Colchester United.
Having returned to fitness, March scored six times in 40 matches to help Forest Green to promotion to League One in 2021/22, then registered another half-a-dozen goals in 33 games the following year.
January 2023 saw him drop back down to League Two with Stevenage, where he again achieved promotion, bagging twice in nine matches before suffering an injury which ruled him out of the latter stages of the season.
March signed a new deal with Boro in May and played four times in League One this term as well as scoring in a League Cup win over Championship Watford prior to making the decision to rejoin Town.