O’Dea, Antony and Bainbridge leave Colliers

Ashington manager Gary Middleton’s plans for the new campaign have been hit by the departure of three players.

Midfielders Mark O’Dea and Paul Antony as well as striker Gareth Bainbridge have all decided to leave the club.

O’Dea is to join Durham City, Antony has signed for Whitley Bay whilst no concrete news has come to light over Bainbridge’s move.

Middleton, who has brought in Michael Laws from Spennymoor and Sam Norris from Newcastle Benfield, could not conceal his disappointment after losing the trio.

He said: “In the first instance, after waiting so long to win something and our delight at lifting the Northumberland Senior Cup at the end of last season, I’m disappointed that the players have chosen to go to other clubs because I wanted to try and keep the squad together and build on our success.

“Mark feels he is in a better position at Durham City.

“He will play on a regular basis and that’s why he has left us whilst Paul Antony has had a better financial offer from Whitley Bay and has decided his future lies with the Hillheads-based club.

“Gareth Bainbridge wanted regular first team football, but with the quality we’ve got in our strike force, I could not guarantee him that.

“He wants to play week in week out and has made the decision to move.

“I’m disappointed with all three departures but wish the players all the best for the future.”