Colchester have made their first signing of the summer by bringing in non-league midfielder Andrew Bond.
Bond arrives at the Community Stadium from Blue Square Premier outfit Barrow and will provide manager John Ward with options in midfield.
The former Crewe man is expected to formally complete his switch when the relevant paperwork for the move is approved on Tuesday.
Ward was delighted to have snared the signature of the 25-year-old, who has developed a reputation as a capable midfielder.
He helped Barrow to win promotion to the Blue Square Premier and capped off his time at Holker Street by winning the FA Trophy.
The England C international will pen a two-year deal at the Us and Ward said he was looking forward to seeing Bond in action for his side.
The United chief told the club's official website: "Andy is an energetic and powerful midfield player.
"He is hard working and a real runner, he has a real willingness to go and get involved in the game. He is composed on the ball, and good in the air.
"Barrow did very well in getting promoted into the Blue Square Premier and he was an integral part of that."
Ward insisted he had no qualms about the ability of Bond to compete in League One, despite leaping two divisions to ply his trade.
"I don't see a problem in him stepping up," he continued. "The Blue Square Premier is a very strong league and there are some good players in that division.
"He will fit in nicely and is a strong character, and I am sure that he'll enjoy the challenge."