Spartans sign brother of Newcastle United striker Ayoze Perez

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It was a case of one in, one out for Evo-Stik Northern Premier League side Blyth Spartans on Friday.

The club has announced that midfielder Lewis Horner had signed for Scottish Premier League side Inverness Caledonian Thistle while Spartans have recruited Spanish forward Samuel Perez.

Horner –who began his career with Hibernian and had a loan spell at East Stirling – had been on trial with the Jags and has now signed a contract with the club.

Since joining Spartans from Newcastle Benfield last summer, Horner made a big impact.

Making his debut in a defeat at eventual Evo-Stik Northern Premier League champions Chorley in September, he went on to score his first and only goal for the club at Ashton United in January.

His dynamic style of play in the centre of the park earned him a call-up to the England C representative squad in March, and he also won the Port of Blyth Player of the Month award for November 2013.

Meanwhile Perez had signed for the Croft Park club.

The 22-year-old started his career at Murcia and went on to play on loan for the likes of Coruxo and Real Balompédica Linense, who both play in the third tier of the Spanish league structure.

Pérez is in the north east as his brother Ayoze has recently signed for Newcastle United.

Assistant manager Colin Myers said: “We’re pleased to get Sammy on board, he’s done well in the training sessions and in the pre-season games so far and is clearly a talented, technically good player.”