Cave signs for Bedlington Terriers

BEDLINGTON Terriers have brought in a new defender from near neighbours Ashington.

Left back Phil Cave has made the short journey from Woodhorn Lane to Welfare Park.

Terriers moved for the 25-year-old as look to enhance their defensive options, targeting a long FA Vase run and successful league campaign.

Cave is a product of the Newcastle United Academy but never reached first team level at St James’ Park.

He moved to Gateshead in 2007, playing 41 games for the Tynesiders and scoring nine goals from a defensive role before earning a trial at Scottish First Division side Livingston, signing a contract with the club.

After half a season in Scotland, Cave moved back to Gateshead, initially on loan before making a permanent move back to the International Stadium.

He made 35 more appearances before moving to Blyth Spartans.

At Croft Park he made 82 appearances scoring three goals.

He made the move to Ashington at the end of last season where he made nine appearances for the Colliers, including in the 4-0 defeat to Bedlington last month.

Cave has played with current Terriers Kris Gate and Craig Baxter in his time at Gateshead.

Primarily a left back, Cave can also operate in left midfield, and the club feel the signing is an coup for them.

Chairman Ronan Liddane said: “This is an excellent signing for Bedlington and will bring experience and quality to the squad.

“We continue to improve the squad if the right player becomes available, and we jumped at the chance to sign a player of Phil’s quality.

“We welcome Phil to Bedlington and look forward to seeing him on the field in Terriers red the rest of the season.”