MIDFIELDER Jonny Godsmark has pledged his immediate future to Ashington CFC by signing a contract extension.
The decision by the 22-year-old to put pen to paper has provided a massive boost to the Woodhorn Lane club.
A delighted Godsmark described his decision as being an easy one.
He said on Sunday: “Manager Gary Middleton had a word with me a couple of weeks before the end of the season to ask if I would be renewing my contract and I had no hesitation in my answer.
“He didn’t need to sell me the club.
“We have a good group of players; the management are trying to strengthen our squad and with the supporters we have, the decision to be honest was a no brainer.”
He added: “I wanted to be loyal and give Ashington the first chance to speak to me.
“The side are progressing well and we need to keep together as a unit and I want to be part of it.
“The boss started three years ago to build for the future and it would be a shame if players left to go to other clubs.”
Godsmark, an apprentice engineer in Blyth, would love to help the club lift a trophy.
“Gary sits us down every pre-season and tells us what his goals are and I think it is obvious to our fans that we are progressing quite nicely,” he said.
“We are doing a lot better – but we haven’t won any silverware, which I believe the club deserves.
“The first division of the Ebac Northern League is going to be tough, but if we could get to a cup final – and win – that would be great.
“Last year the club did well to achieve their highest league finish for more than 30 years, and performed well in the FA Cup and FA Carlsberg Vase.
“And in the Vase we proved that we are not far away as we defeated the eventual winners Dunston and runners-up West Auckland in league matches.”
Middleton said: “With Jonny’s contract coming to an end, the chairman (Ian Lavery) and myself met with him.
“Keeping hold of our most influential players is at the forefront of what we are trying to do in taking the club forward.
“Jonny is a sort after player at this level and I’m over the moon that he has agreed to stay with us for another year.
“As we progress it is becoming more and more difficult for us to keep our players – but that is testimony to the football club, the staff and the players.”