Maksym Kowal has joined Tiverton Town from Barnstaple Town.
The Canadian forward has stepped up from the Toolstation Western League to play in the Calor League.
Kowal moved to Devon in the summer after spending four years playing for Buffalo in the USA.
The 22-year-old scored three goals for Barnstaple this season, playing as a striker or in midfield.
Manager Tom Bulley believes Barnstaple have a big enough squad to cope with the loss of Kowal to their Devon neighbours.
"He's moved on," said Bulley. "He wants to push on and play the highest level he can. All the best to him. It's no great loss to us I don't think. We have got plenty of attacking options.
"I know it's two leagues higher but I personally think there's better things going on at Barnstaple right now than at Tiverton.
"As far as I'm concerned I have got more than enough players and quality in the squad."
Bulley still has several forwards to choose from, including Ryan Turner, Billy Tucker, Scott Sharp, Tom Marsh and Tom Rossiter.
Barnstaple stayed second in the Western League First Division with a 2-0 win over Ashton and Backwell United yesterday.
Tucker put them ahead with a penalty after Turner had been brought down.
Aaron Harper-Penman, the captain, headed the second goal at a corner before half time.
"It's a great win for us – I keep saying it, so hopefully it will continue," said Bulley.
"We get a little bit complacent at times. It was the same the week before at Keynsham when we won 6-1. It was quite hard motivating the lads to push on and get a few more goals in the second half."
Barnstaple are at home again on Tuesday against Chard Town (7.45pm).