Ashington CFC manager Gary Middleton has swooped to sign experienced midfielder or defender Michael Laws from FA Vase holders and Ebac Northern League First Division runners-up Spennymoor Town.
A delighted Middleton said: “Michael will bring experience and quality to our team.
“He has been chased by a number of top teams from our league and has turned down big financial offers to join our club.
“He is a top player and it is a big scoop for Ashington CFC.”
Gateshead-born Laws arrives at Woodhorn Lane with a shoal full of successes to his name, having won the Northern League championship on three occasions and netted an FA Vase winners medal just recently with the Moors as well as being part of a set-up which claimed the League Cup and JR Cleator Cup.
Earlier in his career, Laws was a member of the Northampton Town side who won automatic promotion from Division Three and he has also represented Whitby Town, Blyth Spartans, Gateshead, Durham City and Dunston UTS, the latter where he helped them to win the Northern League and League Cup.
Laws, 30, a courier for a parcel delivery company in Hebburn, said: “I met with manager Gary Middleton and his assistant Perry Briggs and when they outlined the club’s ambition, it pulled me in and I didn’t take long in making my decision.
“This will be a new challenge for me and I’m hoping my experience will help what is already a good young side. I’ll be doing my best to try and help the club to achieve what they want.”
He continued: “I’m excited by the prospect and from what I have seen and heard Ashington can match with the best and I see no reason why they cannot challenge and move onto bigger things with the side they have got.
“The club have got a good fan base which is good and management wise have two great lads in Gary Middleton and Perry Briggs who stated the club’s intentions. I want to be part of that set up.”