Ashington defender Liam Atkin signs for Jarrow Roofing

Former Ashington FC captain Liam Atkin in action for the club. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com
Former Ashington FC captain Liam Atkin in action for the club. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com

Ashington central defender Liam Atkin has joined Jarrow Roofing.

The 29-year-old, a football development officer for the Newcastle United Foundation, said: “It has been a long drawn out affair. I was originally going to sign for a side in the first division of the Ebac Northern League, but then Jarrow came in for me and we agreed terms.

“After putting pen to paper, three other outfits from the league got in touch but I had already made my decision.

“Jarrow are in a false position in the table and have got good players.

“The committee and playing staff at Ashington were fantastic with me, but I felt as if I was forced out.

“I played in a run of games where we were unbeaten but we lost against North Shields in the FA Vase and that was my last game for the first team.

“I was asked to train with the reserves and play for them, and I’d like to thank the management team of Dave Leightley, Steve Jones and David Brown as well as the players who were great with me.”

The Ashington-born lynchpin who lives in Morpeth added: “I was working on things to conduct a transfer but with the inclement weather and games being postponed very little was happening.

“Jarrow boss Richie McLoughlin got in touch and things moved on from there.

“Richie Latimer has just joined them as coach and there is a great bunch of lads who can hopefully kick on for the rest of the season.”

Woodhorn Lane boss Steve Harmison said: “We brought Liam in at the start of the season hoping that we would get the same player who was at the club a couple of years ago and who captained Ashington when they won the Northumberland Senior Cup against Whitley Bay in 2013.

“However, I wanted us to play a certain way and because Liam hadn’t played a lot of football, it just didn’t work out and we decided that we would go our separate ways.

“It’s been ongoing for nine weeks, which was frustrating, but the right offer for Liam didn’t come in.

“There were two or three clubs who made an approach but he didn’t want to go, opting to wait.

“It’s disappointing from our angle because you don’t want to see good players leave the football club.

“We wanted things to work out but it hasn’t this time round and we wish him all the best for the future.”