Ashington CFC striker Glen Taylor is relishing his side’s opening day fixture against Spennymoor at the Brewery Field on Saturday.
And Taylor, who had a five-month spell with the Moors from the start of last season, has pinpointed Gavin Cogdon as being the key figure to watch, describing him as being the best striker in the league.
Taylor, 23, a community health coach for the Newcastle United Foundation, played alongside Cogdon.
He said: “As a fellow forward, Gavin makes you look good – and he scores goals out of nothing.
“For my money, he is the jewel in the crown at Spennymoor and I rate him as being the best striker in the league.”
Apart from Cogdon, Taylor believes Spennymoor have a squad full of talent.
He added: “They have a big enough squad with strength in depth in every position.
“Basically, they could field two sides from their pool of players and win the league with either.
“We know we are in for our hardest game because they are the best in the league, especially on their home pitc.
“But I’m looking forward to the start and can’t wait.
“Things have gone well for me since I joined Ashington last season and again my aim will be to score as many goals as I can.”
Taylor will also be hoping that a win or draw for the Colliers will help erase his last appearance in a black and white shirt against the Moors four seasons ago.
“I scored with a header – but that came in a 5-1 defeat in the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup,” he said.