Godsmark looking to stay injury free in new season

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ASHINGTON CFC report back for pre-season training next week with striker Jonny Godsmark setting himself a new target.

Godsmark, who signed a contract extension with the club last week, started 33 games for the Colliers last season and made seven appearances as a substitute.

However, his campaign was plagued by a hamstring injury and not surprisingly, the 22-year-old is looking for a change in fortunes.

“It was frustrating last season because I missed a large part of it, which included a crucial time in the FA Carlsberg Vase and the game at Shortwood,” he said.

“But my new goal will be to get as fit as a can, to play as much as I can, and to steer clear of injury.”

He added: “Before I joined Ashington, the only other knock I had was a broken hand, so it’s not like me to be injury prone.

“The hamstring is now fine and I’m looking forward to the new campaign.”

Meanwhile midfielder Godsmark sent best wishes from the players to his close friend, defender Darren Lough, who recently signed a professional contract with Icelandic outfit KA Akureyri.

He said: “I spoke to Darren after he had played a couple of games and he has settled in well and is enjoying it.

“All the lads at Woodhorn Lane send their best wishes to him.

“Darren was a massive part of our team and when he was offered the chance to go back into the professional game with KA Akureyri, he took it.”