Blackburn Rovers’ former Ashington striker David Carson made a fleeting visit back to the north east last week and completed a dream quick fire double inside 24 hours.
With a glowing compliment from his club’s under 21s manager Eric Kinder still ringing in his ears following a debut performance in a 2-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion, Carson then looked on as his ex-club clinched a 3-0 victory in their FA Cup extra preliminary round replay against Holker Old Boys at Woodhorn Lane.
The 18-year-old, who signed a one-year contract with the Riversiders after the end of last season, readily admitted that he is thrilled with his progress.
He said: “Training every day has not only boosted my fitness greatly, but it will in time also improve me technically as a player because we work on every aspect of the game.
“I was handed a centre midfield role at Brighton but it didn’t bother me because I can operate in various positions - and I just want to play.” Carson caught the eye of Kinder who later said on the Blackburn Rovers official website: “David Carson really got to grips with the game and enjoyed his best bit of football since he signed.
“He broke up play, he made tackles, he got up and down the pitch and I’m delighted with him.
“He can be proud of his performance.”
Carson added: “I enjoyed it and thought I did particularly well in the second half.
“However, I need to keep things going and do as well as I can to ensure I have a good season.”
The youngster then watched the Colliers the following night and was impressed by what he saw.
“I always follow Ashington’s progress on social media,” he added.
“It was nice to meet up again with some of the lads from last season as well as the new faces in the squad.
“They played some good football and it was great to see them secure a win.”