BLYTH Spartans have announced that Croft Park favourite Rob Dale has signed on for another season.
The 26-year-old, who recently tied the knot with Spartans physiotherapist Susan Coates and only returned from his honeymoon this week, has been at the club for seven years and is closing in on two milestones, with his 300th appearance and 100th goal for the club, both very distinct possibilities at some point in the coming season.
Management duo Cuggy and Fell had spoke to Rob prior to him leaving for his wedding.
Both parties were keen to rubber stamp the deal as soon as possible and with manager Steve Cuggy currently enjoying a short holiday, it was left to Assistant Manager Gavin Fell to complete the formalities of the registration.
He said: “We see Rob as key to our plans we know how dangerous he can be, when on form in both creating and scoring goals and are delighted that he’s put pen to paper on a new deal.
“With the signings of Wayne Phillips, Chrissy Emms and Graeme Armstrong we hope to bring out the best of Rob and that he can bring the best out of them”
Rob was also delighted to be staying at Croft Park and added: “I’m pleased to get things sorted, the two new lads in charge have impressed me so far and have some interesting ideas, so I can’t wait for the season to get going.”
“I’m obviously really happy at Blyth, so I had no hesitation in signing up for another season.”
Dale wasn’t the only signing this week, as Spartans have also secured highly promising young goalkeeper Tom Kindley.
The 20-year-old stopper is well known to the new Spartans management duo, as he has featured in the first team at Whitley Bay on numerous occasions.
The keeper, who stands 6 feet 3 inches tall, has also recently attracted interest from Premier League side Sunderland and manager Steve Bruce is known to be a keen admirer youngsters skills.
Fell said: “We’re really pleased to get Tom on board, he is an excellent goalkeeper and due to his age is only going to get better.
“We had him at Whitley Bay and only left because his new job, when we found out that his employment position had altered we were straight onto him to get him to Croft Park.
“He is a big lad and a second dan black belt in karate, so he can certainly look after himself - he also has fantastic distribution from his hands or from the ground and possesses all the attributes to be a top ‘keeper.
“Many people won’t have heard much about him but we see him as a real rough diamond.
“We are still talking to Dan (Lowson) and Jake (Cunningham) as well as looking at other options, but Tom will be given as much of a chance as all of them”.
Kindley was equally as pleased to join his former coach and team mates at Spartans, and is looking forward to the start of the season.
He said: “I’m delighted to be signing for Blyth Spartans, they’re a really big club, with excellent tradition and I can’t wait to get started.
“The second I knew that Cuggy and Gavin had got the job here, I was straight on the phone to them.
“I’m really looking forward to pre-season and the friendlies starting, so that I can give it a real good go and show people what I can do.”