Peter Murphy believes the capture of experienced French striker Christian Nade is a statement of intent from Annan Athletic.

Nade, 34, could make his second debut for the Black and Golds this afternoon when they play host to Clyde (3pm kick-off), having had a previous trial spell at Galabank in 2016 under then-boss Jim Chapman.

“Everyone in the [January] window was asking me if we are bringing players in [after the loan deal for keeper Aidan Mcadams]. I said we would probably only bring in one player in and it would have to be the right player,” boss Murphy said.

“Christian will complement the younger players well and, hopefully, he can contribute. He will lead the line very well.

"Hopefully, he enjoys his football with us.”

Nade joins the Galabankies from junior side Troon, who Annan have commended for the way in which they have conducted their business, while Rangers loan defender Kyle Bradley is also expected to return from injury for the visit of Danny Lennon’s team.

With Athletic fourth in Scottish League Two, Nade wants to help them push for promotion, and Murphy said: “Last season, I came in as a new manager and we were a new team.

"This season, we done well and we have added some quality again in January. The signing of Christian is a statement of intent from us.”

Murphy also thanks Carlisle-based DSD Construction for their support in the signing of Nade.