REDDITCH United chairman Chris Swan says The FA's decision to charge Swindon Town over a breach of transfer rules means that non-league clubs will won't be 'bullied' by Football League sides.

After an investigation, football's governing body believes the SkyBet League One side did break guidelines when signing attacker Jermaine Hylton on January 1 this year.

Hylton, who did not have a contract at the club, was interesting the likes of Fleetwood and Birmingham City, with United manager Liam McDonald trying to negotiate the striker's next step when Swindon swooped in at the last minute.

Redditch were incensed by the move and reported the Wiltshire-based club to the FA.

But the the FA believes they have breached rule Rule C.2(a)(ii) because Town failed to observe the seven-day rule.

Swan said: "The FA’s decision to charge Swindon is justification of how deeply aggrieved we felt when they signed Jermaine.

"We put a lot of time and effort into developing players and this shows that non-league clubs like ours shouldn't be bullied by Football League sides.

"This is definitely a step forward and we'll see what happens."

Swindon manager Mark Cooper and chairman Lee Power rigorously defended the way they captured Hylton at the time and the club have refused to comment on the latest development.

Meanwhile, Reds boss McDonald is hoping to add a goal-scoring midfielder this week to fill the void left by Ashley Sammons, who signed for Corby Town.

The manager has been pursuing several targets but is confident of capturing his main target.

McDonald watched United draw 1-1 at Pershore Town on Saturday in their opening friendly game.

Jerrell Hylton scored as United looked at a host of trialists.

Redditch, who were at Sutton Town last night, go to Droitwich tonight (Thursday, 7.30pm) and then play Stourbridge at home in the Worcestershire Senior Cup on Saturday (3pm ko).