New signing Wayne Buchanan has said he is ready and raring to go as he prepares to make his Ashington debut in Saturday’s trip to Billingham Synthonia in the Ebac Northern League first division.
And the central defender, who celebrated his 33rd birthday last week, will be delighted if he can help his team-mates secure a victory and end a run which shows only one win from six games.
Buchanan, born in Banbridge, Co Down, said he is excited to join the Colliers from neighbours Morpeth Town and cannot wait to start.
“The management team of Gary Middleton and Perry Briggs told me that they believed my experience would hopefully go a long way to building up confidence in a side which has a lot of potential,” he said.
“They added that things hadn’t been going the club’s way of late and thought I could help - and the pair certainly impressed with their keenness.
“They described the ambition of the club with a lot going on with the development side – and I knew I was going to sign. I’m excited about it.”
As a youngster Buchanan joined Bolton Wanderers on a three-year apprenticeship then signed for the outfit as a professional for two years.
“I was loaned out to Chesterfield to gain league experience then after being released by Bolton, I moved back to Northern Ireland,” he said.
“I played in the Irish premiership as a semi-professional for Lisburn Distillery, who performed well and who qualified for Europe.
“After that I went to Australia where I played for Brisbane Olympic and Gold Coast United until I returned to England in 2010.”
Buchanan signed for Gateshead before joining Blyth Spartans where he was made captain during a three-year period with the Croft Park outfit.
Weather permitting, Buchanan – a project documentation officer in the oil & gas industry - will make his bow for Ashington in their clash against the Synners on Teesside on Saturday.
He added: “I played for Morpeth in the FA Vase clash against Tadcaster when they conceded a last minute penalty and lost 2-1.
“I then picked up a suspension but when I was available to return could not get back into the side as they kept the same team.
“They wanted me to stay at Craik Park but a move to Ashington presented me with a new challenge, and I am fit and raring to go.”
Middleton said: “Wayne will bring much needed experience into the back four, and a position in which we have been trying to strengthen for the past couple of months with Richard Flynn and now James Taylor sidelined through injury.
“He will bring know how which can help us to stop shipping the goals we have been conceding, and is a good signing for us.”