Richard Offiong signs for Spartans

BLYTH Spartans FC have added striker Richard Offiong to their outfit this week, but he is unlikely to feature in Saturday’s FA Cup clash between local rivals Bedlington Terriers at Croft Park.

The 27-year-old, who started his career with Newcastle United, has had spells with a number of other north east clubs, including Darlington, Gateshead and Carlisle.

He has also played abroad, stepping out for clubs in Turkey, South Korea and Belgium, and more recently Australia and International Clearance for the forward is not expected to be granted for another few days.

Speaking about the latest addition to the Spartans squad, Manager Steve Cuggy said: “We are delighted to get Richard on board.

“He has electric pace and this will give us a different dimension to our attack, as well as offering us additional firepower upfront, which a couple of injuries have sadly robbed us of.

“He’s a local lad and was really keen to join us, in fact he actually got in contact with us about joining the club.

“He’s trained with the lads all this week and has settled in really well and has done really well in the session.”

The player was also delighted to be pulling on the famous green and white shirt adding: “It is a perfect move for me and I’m delighted to have signed for Blyth.”