IAN Street has said Jason Carey signed for 1874 Northwich after being challenged to make a difference in his side’s bid to win the title.

The forward completed a transfer from North West Counties League rivals AFC Liverpool on Friday.

And he knows what it takes for a team to be promoted from the Premier Division after scoring 19 goals for Glossop North End to help them finish first in 2015.

Tom Bailey, leading marksman for 1874 this season, led the Hillmen’s attack that term.

“I asked Jason if he wanted to be at a club that’s still in contention,” said Street.

“He didn’t need long to think about it.

“I’m made up to bring in somebody of his quality, if I’m honest.

“People will look at it and assume I think we’re not scoring enough goals, but that isn’t why I wanted to get him.

“His character, his experience of being in this position with another club and his versatility are as important as his ability to take chances. “

Carey, who can count promotion-hopefuls Runcorn Town, Bootle and Runcorn Linnets among his former clubs, has been less prolific this time around.

He has netted nine times in 28 appearances for the Reds, who he joined in the summer to play again for ex-Formby manager Kevin Dally.

While with the Squirrels, he helped deny – on the pitch at least before they folded – Street’s side a chance to celebrate promotion at the end of their inaugural campaign three years ago.

Street said: “He’s somebody I think we can count on.

“He’ll do a similar job for us to Sam Hind, but can fill a central role if either Tom [Bailey] or Scott [McGowan] are not available.

“I’d have regretted not trying to sign him if we didn’t act now.

“I took a chance, and wasn’t sure how he’d react to being approached.

“I’m shocked, but happy, it’s been as straightforward as it has the past few days.”

1874 sit fifth in the table ahead of a visit from Ashton Athletic tomorrow, Saturday.

Leaders Runcorn Town are four points better off, but have played one more match.