Downey had no hesitation in joining Ashington

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Ashington’s latest signing Alex Downey revealed at the weekend that he had ‘no hesitation’ in putting pen to paper in a deal which saw him join the Woodhorn Lane club from Hebburn Town.

And the 27-year-old, who made his first appearance on Saturday when he came on as a substitute midway through the second half in the narrow 2-1 victory over Sunderland RCA at Meadow Park, added that it was move which he could not refuse.

Downey, a teaching assistant at John Spence Community High School in North Shields, said: “I am over the moon after joining a massive club who are on the up.

“It’s given me the opportunity to play with some excellent footballers and it was an offer which I could not turn down.

“Hebburn tried to keep me but I had no hesitation in wanting to sign for Ashington as soon as I heard they were in for me.

“I’m really pleased to be honest because manager Gary Middleton has outlined the plans for next season.”

Boss Middleton said: “Alex has been at Hebburn for the majority of the campaign and impressed us when we played them.

“We had also heard good points about him from other managers so we decided to give the lad an opportunity and hopefully in time he is going to come through and turn into a really good player.

“No one knew of Craig Scott when we signed him three seasons ago – and Alex has come in as a replacement for Craig who is leaving us and moving down to London.”