“I’m staying with Ashington” – Walton

STRIKER Marc Walton reaffirmed his immediate future with Ashington last week after turning down an approach from neighbours Bedlington Terriers.

The 25-year-old who works for Newcastle City Council, has plundered 19 goals this term and delighted officials with the Woodhorn Lane based outfit after rejecting the chance of a move and instead pledging his commitment with the Colliers.

Walton, who joined the Wansbeck side from Consett after Christmas and who couldn’t wait to put pen to paper for this term, said: “I spoke to Bedlington but I basically told them that I was very happy to stay at Ashington where I’m enjoying my football so I didn’t want to change anything. I was tempted because of what they had to offer – but I had a discussion with manager Gary Middleton and Ashington are a club going forward and I want to be with them.”

He continued: “Northern League wise, this is the best period of my career – for goals as well – and hopefully I’ll hit my target of 40 goals which I set at the start of the season.”

An ecstatic Middleton said: “Bedlington made an approach and obviously Mark was turned by what they could offer financially but we had a chat and he has made a decision that he wants to play for Ashington; for myself and that’s fantastic from a club point of view. It’s just the news you what you want to hear from your players – that they are turning down financial reward for loyalty. Marc has shown great loyalty towards myself and the football club and obviously I’m delighted with his decision.”