THE New Saints manager Scott Ruscoe said the signing of forward Adam Roscrow will add more firepower to his squad.

The 25-year-old forward has signed a three-and-a-half year deal with Saints, after a record fee was paid by the 13-time Welsh champions to League One outfit AFC Wimbledon.

Roscrow is a familiar face in Welsh football, after a successful spell at Cardiff Met, during which he first caught the eye of Ruscoe.

The Saints boss said: "It's an exciting signing and one that adds more firepower to our attacking options in our squad.

"It gives us different options to the group of centre forwards we currently have – we already have three good centre forwards.

"It's always nice to get a signing in during the transfer window and to freshen things up.

"It's a signing which we've looked at in the past and we knew about him anyway.

"We've seen him at Cardiff Met and he obviously had a very good record there.

"I liked his style of play when we played against him. He's quick, strong, aggressive and he's a good finisher with a work rate which fits our side perfectly."

Saints initially looked at adding Roscrow to their squad last summer, but the deal was unable to be completed in time.

But Ruscoe admits he is delighted to have finally signed him.

He said: "Discussions were made just after the summer and we couldn't quite get the signing done then for whatever reasons.

"We've tracked him since then and I think he had a few months left on his contract.

"It was one where we weren't going to be able to get him out for nothing, so we made an approach and the fee was accepted.

"It's a decent contract for the player – three-and-a-half years – and one that reflects the current situation with Covid.

"We're unlikely to play for the next few weeks, so we don't know what will happen with the league this season.

"He's one for now but certainly for the future here too."

The signing is the first made by TNS this January, and Ruscoe insists he is pleased with the quality, depth and experience of his squad.

"We have players now with a very good age range," he said. "We have young lads coming through at the start of their careers, and we have lads who have been here for quite a while.

"We have experienced players, and we're really happy with the age range as well as the squad depth.

"Adam's 25, and it's a good age for him as he's not yet hit his peak."