Ashington CFC have finalised the re-signing of James Taylor to the delight of everyone connected with the Woodhorn Lane-based club.
The highly versatile and accomplished Taylor - who scooped all the major player of the season awards last term – has put pen to paper and also accepted the post of vice-captain.
Taylor’s thoughts are a mirror image of those of skipper Andrew Johnson - revealing that he had also turned down several offers from other clubs in the area before signing whilst declaring he had unfinished business at the Wansbeck club.
Taylor, 23, who is a community football coach at the Newcastle United Foundation, said: “I’m an Ashington lad who was born in the town and the club has plenty of history.
“I had various offers from other clubs and did consider stepping up a league or so, but I’m happy to sign for the Colliers as I feel I have got unfinished business and can give even more.”
He continued: “A few fixtures slipped away from us last season – it was a bitter taste losing in two cup semi-finals and I want to correct that.
“The club deserve more and I want to be part of it.
“The management team have brought in a good mix of experience and youngsters to boost our squad which can work well and certainly the intention is to do better than the last campaign.”
And Taylor said he is delighted to become vice-captain, and with Johnson unavailable for Ashington’s first pre-season warm-up game at Alnwick last Friday, he wore the skipper’s armband.
“Ashington are my home town club and the role is something which I am happy to take on because it means a lot,” he added.
Manager Gary Middleton said: “James has been chased by numerous other clubs during the summer after the season he had last year and has chosen to play for us, which is fantastic news.
“We wanted to secure him pretty quickly because he can play in a variety of positions and can be trusted in whatever role we ask of him.
“He was rewarded for his contribution last term with the three major awards, and such a successful player is clearly wanted by management and supporters alike, which is a big thing.
“He is another home town player who has agreed to be vice-captain at the club and I’m delighted.”