STEVE King has signed a trio of players ahead of this afternoon’s clash with Histon.

The Vics boss, as expected, has strengthened his side in the centre of the pitch as they prepare their Blue Square survival bid.

First up is the return of a familiar face.

Midfielder Karl Murray has signed on loan from Bromley – his second temporary spell at Northwich following a three-game stay six years ago.

The 26-year-old has spent time at league rivals Ebbsfleet United this term following stints at Grays Athletic and Woking in the seasons prior to this one.

He is likely to go straight into the starting line-up alongside Matty Crowell as Vics take on the FA Cup heroes.

Winger Lee Elam has jumped ship from today’s hosts, Altrincham, after asking to leave Moss Lane this week.

The 32-year-old starred against Northwich in their last game – a single goal reverse against the Robins on Boxing Day.

He has penned non-contract terms, as has fellow wide man Dean McDonald following an impressive cameo against Witton Albion in a midweek friendly.

The former Gillingham midfielder began the current campaign at Rushden & Diamonds before switching to Grays Athletic on loan.