LYE Town striker James Spray has left the club to join Midland Football League promotion contenders Alvechurch.

Spray, 23, joined Wolves academy in 2006 and signed a professional contract in 2009. He scored on his senior debut for Wolves in September 2011 in a league cup win against Millwall.

He then joined league side Accrington Stanley on loan in October 2011.

He left Wolves in 2012 and signed for AFC Telford United, before joining Stourbridge in 2013 and then Lye in 2013.

This season, as club captain, he has made 31 appearances and scored 12 goals.

Alvechurch boss Ian Long said: “I have been a huge fan of James for a long time, he has good pedigree and will give the club a massive boost as we enter the run-in.

“We have signed a player who has great ability, is strong, good in the air and can score and create goals from nothing.”

Spray was on the scoresheet for Lye’s 3-2 league cup win over Sporting Khalsa on Tuesday night.

Other goals from Scott Gennard and Adam Meacham made sure Town came out on top.

Town, meanwhile, have made a seven day approach for Wolverhampton Sporting striker Ethan Delaney to replace Spray.

However, Wolverhampton Sporting manager Andy Paddock says the club is confident Delaney will stay with them after talking to the forward.

They didn’t have a game last weekend after their clash with Bardon Hill was postponed, but will return to league action when Heanor Town visit Stourbridge Road this Saturday (3pm).