Bedlington Terriers sign former Gateshead and Blyth Spartans defender Phil Cave

Phil Cave during his Blyth Spartans days playing against Gateshead. Picture by Bill Broadley.
Phil Cave during his Blyth Spartans days playing against Gateshead. Picture by Bill Broadley.

Bedlington Terriers signed former defender Phil Cave in the closing stages of Northern League Deadline Day.

The 28-year-old has experience in abundance and has played for a host of clubs throughout his career, including Gateshead and Blyth Spartans, where he scored three goals in 82 appearances.

He has recently been plying his trade in Australia for Holland Park Hawks, who play in the Flight Centre Premier League.

Bedlington assistant manager Craig Heward labelled the new signing as a “very good” one, while also stating that the left back will bring several vital qualities to the side as they battle to stay in the Northern League first division.

Cave is a product of the Newcastle United Academy and he went on to captain the reserve side, but never reached the first team at St James’ Park.

He moved to Gateshead in 2007 and went on to play 41 times for the Heed, scoring nine goals from a defensive role. That earned him a trial at and subsequently a contract at Scottish side Livingston.

However, after half-a-season in Scotland, the defender made his move back to Gateshead, initially on loan before making a permanent move back to the International Stadium.

After playing for Blyth, he then made his first appearance in the Northern League with Ashington, where he made ten appearances and played against the Terriers before making the move to Bedlington.

Cave has the ability to play left back and left midfield and he will be hoping to make his first appearance back for Bedlington since the 2012-13 season against title-contenders Guisborough Town at the weekend.