Phil Parkinson has increased Altrincham’s attacking options by signing experienced former Morecambe striker A-Jay Leitch-Smith.

A versatile frontrunner with a reputation for scoring spectacular goals as well as creating chances for others, the 31-year old Crewe-born forward has joined Alty after impressing on trial in a move that is subject to FA and National League approval.

A graduate of the famed Crewe Alexandra youth system, Leitch-Smith made 103 senior appearances for his hometown club, scoring 19 goals, before continuing to make his mark in the Football League with Yeovil Town, Port Vale and Shrewsbury Town.

He joined Morecambe in August 2018 on an initial one-year contract that was replaced by a two-year deal after he finished his debut season at the Globe Arena as their top scorer with six goals from 29 appearances, despite missing half the campaign with a hamstring tear.

One of the highlights of his time at Morecambe came in November 2019, when a curling, angled shot into the top corner of the Leyton Orient net was nominated for the SkyBet League Two goal-of-the-month award.

During his time at Port Vale, his team-mate Tom Pope described him as "one of the most intelligent strikers in League One", and he made it clear he intends making a similar impact in Alty colours as Parkinson’s side build up towards their Vanarama National League opener at Torquay United on Saturday, August 21.

“I know a couple of the lads here, and I’ve only ever heard good things from them about the club," said Leitch-Smith, who featured in Saturday’s 1-1 friendly draw at Curzon Ashton.

“They play attractive football, getting the ball down and playing through the thirds, and that will suit my game perfectly. It’s how Crewe played when I was there.

“I’ve played with Ryan Colclough and Ritchie Sutton at previous clubs and I know Josh Hancock from school days, so that should help me settle in and get to know everyone.

“I’m new to the National League, but there are some big clubs in the division, spending a lot of money, so it probably won’t be that different to League Two.

“I can play nine or 10 or any of the forward roles, really. I can come short or spin behind, link up the play and score a goal or two, or make them for others. I can offer a bit of everything, and I’m aiming to hit the ground running and help the club get up the table and have a good season. I’m looking forward to the challenge.”