Sutton United’s new striker Jamie Taylor turned down Luton Town to join the Gander Green Lane push for promotion.
Taylor, accompanied by his heavily pregnant girlfriend, was presented to the crowd on Wednesday night after signing from Lincoln City of the Blue Square South.
The 30-year-old, who hit 16 goals as the Imps’ top scorer last term, hails from south London, and had been offered a contract at Luton, but turned it down in favour of staying close to his family.
He said: “My girlfriend is expecting twins and she wanted to be closer to home so we came back from Lincoln. Commuting there just was not workable.”
Sources at the Lincolnshire Echo newspaper have said Taylor is not driven by money – had it been so, the Imps would have offered the striker fresh terms – instead being close to the support of family and friends when the twins are born was more important.
Taylor said: “I spoke with a few clubs down here, but Paul [Doswell] said the right things, such as the club going in the right direction, and I decided it was the best place for me to be.
“I have come to Sutton to score goals – that is what strikers are paid to do.
“I have a reasonably good record, although I am not sure I have played in this division.
“But I have scored a fair amount of goals in the Conference and, hopefully, I can do it here.
“I’ve not met up with the players yet, although I know Ali [Fuseni] from Lincoln, and I’ve played with Simon [Downer] and Jamie [Stuart] down at Grays.”
Meanwhile, his new striking partner Jamie Slabber, 28, has signed from Chelmsford City after they missed out in the Blue Square play-offs.
The former Grays and Eastleigh man hit 28 goals in 48 games last season for the Clarets.