Ashington FC’s latest signing Kieran Hogg cannot wait to make his first appearance for his new club – even though his debut is on ice for at least another fortnight.
Twenty-year-old Hogg, who works for a tubing manufacturer, has brought a long association with Ebac Northern League second division outfit Alnwick Town to an end to link up with the Colliers.
“I have played at Alnwick since the age of seven and have come through the ranks,” he said.
“I was taken by surprise but nevertheless chuffed when I heard Ashington had come in for me.
“I had no hesitation in signing and I cannot wait to get started.”
Hogg, who last season won the Player’s Player of the Year award, lives and works in Alnwick and acknowledges he faces a new challenge with the Woodhorn Lane club.
“There is a big difference between the first and second divisions of the ENL, but I’m confident in my own ability,” he said.
However, Ashington born Hogg, who played in a central midfield role before switching to left back seven years ago, faces a frustrating period as he recovers from injury before being considered for selection.
He said: “In my final appearance for Alnwick against St Helens in the FA Vase I sustained ligament damage in my ankle just after half-time.
“It’s already kept me on the sidelines and I reckon it will be another two weeks before I can return.”
Ashington boss Gary Middleton said: “Kieran is a promising young player. I’ve heard rave reports about him and have watched him on a couple of occasions.
“He’s a left full back – a position we are short on – but he can also play in a couple of other roles.
“He will come into the team when he shakes off his injury and he’ll be a very good addition for the future.”