STEVE YATES pledged himself to the Town cause today by agreeing a two-year McAlpine contract.
The 33-year-old will sign from Sheffield United subject to Ken Davy's rescue of Town going through and his arrival will mark the end of squad building for now.
Yates - who firmly prefers to play at centre-back - is just as excited about the deal as manager Peter Jackson, who described the news as a "massive boost."
The former Bristol Rovers, QPR and Tranmere player said: "This is a nice new start for me after a disappointing season dogged by injuries and I'm looking forward to playing as many games as possible and trying my best to help the club do well.
"This is not only a big club but a great club and I'm keen to be part of a new era under a manager who is more enthusiastic than any other I've ever known.
"From what I've seen on the training ground and in the pre-season matches, I don't see any reason why we shouldn't be challengers in the Third Division.
"The squad is completely new and not that big and, perhaps, we shouldn't expect too much too soon, but there are some very good players on the books and if we can carry forward the commitment we've shown in pre-season - and the determination - then I'm sure we'll do well and be up there."
Manager Jackson has brought in Rob Edwards, goalkeeper Ian Gray, defenders Efe Sodje, Ian Hughes and Martyn Booty, midfielders Tony Carss, Tyrone Thompson and Lee Fowler and speedy striker Jon Newby.
He believes Yates - a tenth pre-season signing - provides Town with enough resources for a busy opening programme which starts against Cambridge at the McAlpine a week on Saturday, August 9.
"It's a massive boost to have Steve joining us because his attitude since Day One and the way he has conducted himself has been spot on," said Jackson, who will watch the Reserves at Guiseley tonight (7.30).
"When I first started speaking to Sheffield United about him, Neil Warnock had nothing but praise for Steve and everything I've seen of him so far has borne that out.
"Like all the experienced players I've brought in, he will give 100% to the cause, which is all that I and the fans can ask, and he is thoroughly professional.
"Until last season, he had hardly missed a game for years and, while he prefers to play in the middle, he has often played at full-back which gives us options."
Like Sodje and the rest, Yates will sign when the club's rescue is confirmed.
Jackson said: "It seems progress is being made on that front and, hopefully, there will be positive news in the next 24 or 48 hours. It speaks volumes for the players that they are committing to us when the club has still to be finally sorted out."