THE New Saints boss Scott Ruscoe believes Ryan Astles will be the 'perfect' signing for his side, after he secured the former Chester FC defender's signature.

The 6ft4 Birkenhead-born defender joins from Southport, in the National League North, and has had spells with Rhyl and Buckley Town in Wales, and Northwich Victoria in England.

Ruscoe says Astles is a player who he has been monitoring for some time, and believes his skills will complement TNS's playing style.

“Ryan is a player that I’ve been aware of for a few years now," said the Saints boss. "He’s consistently played well at a very good level.

“We have been looking to add to our squad defensively and I think he will be an excellent addition for us.

"He’s composed on the ball and will fit in to our way of playing perfectly.”

Astles joins fellow new signings Louis Robles and Leo Smith, says TNS will offer him an exciting challenge.

"I’m happy to sign for TNS and can’t wait to get started," he told the club's official website.

"I’m looking forward to a new challenge and hopefully help the team to achieve big things.”