Ashington’s new defender Trodd settling in on ‘wrong side’

Ashington newcomer Jake Trodd has looked more than comfortable at left back in the two matches he has played since signing from Newcastle United Under-21s.

But the teenager revealed at the weekend that he is naturally right footed and playing out of position.

Trodd was recently been released by the Magpies, but the Walker-born defender still has the burning desire to be in the professional ranks.

“I signed a two-year scholarship in 2014 with Newcastle before my release, but without doubt I would still like to be a professional,” he said after the 4-1 win over West Allotment Celtic at Woodhorn Lane on Saturday.

“Steve Harmison asked me to come here and I’m happy to play for Ashington because if I go on trial anywhere, I have got my fitness levels up and playing time under my belt,” he added.

“I’m enjoying it here. It’s a good club to come to and all of the lads have welcomed me here.”

The 17-year-old, who made his debut in the League Cup defeat at Guisborough before Saturday’s first home start, added: “I’m naturally right footed but I’ll play anywhere.”