Paul Dunn believes there is a buzz around Woodhorn Lane again – and the utility player wants to be part of Ashington’s plans.
The 32-year-old put pen to paper last week after signing from neighbours Bedlington Terriers.
He made what is his second debut for the club in the 6-0 drubbing of Celtic Nation.
He said: “I’m delighted and more than happy to return to the club.
“I have wanted to come back for a long time and when the opportunity arose I couldn’t turn it down.
“I started the season at Morpeth but things were not quite going the way I wanted so I moved to Bedlington alongside my good mate James Harmison and manager Ian Skinner, and it provided me with an opportunity to play.
“The Terriers were doing well, but whilst I enjoyed my time there the situation changed over the last few weeks and I felt it was time to move on.”
He continued: “I had no hesitation whatsoever in signing for the Colliers.
“I loved it beforehand, now I am coming back at a different time. The first occasion it was quite exciting as Woodhorn Lane had just been built, now I’m back in the fold when the new facility is taking shape – plus a new management team are in charge.
“The club is full of optimism again and there seems to be a buzz around the place and I want to be a big part of that in whatever way I can, whether it be in terms of playing as much as I can, helping the young lads or supporting Steve Harmison, Ian Skinner and Lee Anderson.”