TORQUAY UNITED utility player Michael Brough could go straight into Stevenage Borough's starting line-up this afternoon after signing for the Blue Square Premier club in an initial one-month loan deal.
Brough, 28, has rejoined Borough, where he spent nearly two years earlier in his career, and he was poised to line up against Altrincham at Broadhall Way today, writes David Thomas.
Stevenage's BSP rivals Mansfield Town were also interested in Brough, who can play in midfield or defence.
But, while Torquay's first-team squad prepared to take on Macclesfield Town in League Two at the Moss Road Ground, Brough settled for a return to the Hertfordshire club.
He said: "I've signed for a month initially, with a view to a couple more months possibly.
"We'll see how things go.
"It will be good to get back playing matches.
"After the Altrincham game, there's a derby at Luton on Tuesday night, so that's one to look forward to."
Stevenage, managed by Graham Westley, are currently second in the BSP table, seven points behind leaders Oxford United, with a game in hand.
Gulls striker Ben Joyce's proposed loan move to Tiverton Town has been put on hold, but that deal may well be completed early next week.
And United reserve goalkeeper Martin Rice is still thrashing out a planned permanent move to Truro City.
He was due to play for the Cornish club in their FA Cup tie at Maidenhead today, as part of his current loan agreement at Treyew Road.