STRIKER Marc Walton has committed his future to Ashington after stating he is enjoying ‘every minute’ of his time since joining the Colliers from Consett just before the turn of the new year.
Walton, pictured, settled immediately at Woodhorn Lane and has let his feet do the talking.
Before Wednesday’s scheduled STL Northern League first division clash against Bishop Auckland at Heritage Park, Walton, who has just turned 25, had plundered eight goals in 11 matches including a debut strike against Norton & Stockton Ancients and more recently a brace against his former club Consett.
However, the forward – who works for Newcastle City Council installing traffic lights – has given the club the green light in pledging his immediate future.
And it is just the news which Colliers supporters want to hear.
Walton said on Sunday: “Since I linked up with Ashington everything has been excellent.
“I love the style of football which the club play – fast and pacy and at a high tempo – and I’m enjoying being presented with a load of chances created by other players.
“As a forward my job is to put them away and I’m looking to build on my start of eight goals in 11 matches.
“When I joined, I set myself a target to score 20 by the end of the season – so I need another 12 in ten games.
“I’m more than happy at Woodhorn Lane – and I want to stay with Ashington next season 100 per cent.”
Boss Gary Middleton paid Walton the ultimate compliment in adding: “Marc has been a great acquisition since he joined us and if I could sign players on forms for next season, Marc would be one of the first.
“To be honest, I have been chasing wanting to register him for a couple of years.
“He’s a character in the dressing room, but on the field has got star quality at this level.
“If anything falls in the box, he has got the quality to put the ball into the back of the net, and his build up play has been a pleasure to watch.
“His awareness and movement has also impressed me, and in and outside of the box he is phenomenal.
“On top of that, the lad is enjoying his football with us and I’m delighted.”