Ashington FC manager Steve Harmison has made his first addition to his squad during the close season after re-signing defensive lynchpin Craig Scott.
Newcastle-born Scott won both the manager’s player and supporters’ player of the season awards back in 2011-12, left Woodhorn Lane two years ago when work took him to London.
He initially signed for Marlow then last term joined EvoStik Southern Premier Division outfit Slough Town only to sustain an injury on the opening day of the season which has left him sidelined for over ten months.
The 28-year-old returned to the north east in January and on Saturday he signed for Ashington.
He said: “I had a good pre-season with Slough, then first game I dislocated my right foot and was in a cast for three months and haven’t played since.
“At first, I was a bit unsure as to if the injury was going to stop me playing altogether, but I have seen the surgeon and the physiotherapist and they both seem to think I will make a full recovery.
“I should be ready to begin pre-season and I cannot wait to play football again.”
Harmison has also appointed Scott as captain.
“I’m disappointed that Andrew Johnson has left because apart from being a great player, he is also a good friend of mine,” added Scott.
“However, his departure created the opportunity of club captain and when I had a chat with the boss he wanted me to take on that role, so I was pleased.
“I’m happy to be back. I had a couple of offers from other clubs but I like what Steve Harmison is all about.
“He’s an honest guy who has got the best intentions for the club, so for me it was a no brainer.”
Scott – a firm favourite with the Ashington supporters – is hoping to reignite what were better times at Woodhorn Lane.
“The last time I was here we had a great spell under Gary Middleton, who was a top manager,” he said.
“There was a good set of lads in the dressing room and we enjoyed some good cup runs.
“I kept an eye on Ashington’s results whilst I was in London and I know things have been a bit mixed. That’s why I’m hoping we can sign some good players and excite the fans again as we look to really push on this coming season.”
Manager Harmison said: “I’ve been tracking Craig from the minute we first got wind at Christmas time that he was coming back to the area.
“I think a few clubs sounded him out, but after having a conversation with him, he enjoyed his previous spell at the club and I think he wanted to give Ashington first crack.
“For me he is one of the best centre halves in the Northern League and to have him back is probably as good a signing that any team will make this season.
“I have appointed him captain and believe he is the ideal leader for this football club.”