Grieve returns to Ashington after spell with Darlington

Ashington CFC's Matthew Grieve.
Ashington CFC's Matthew Grieve.
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DEFENDER Matty Grieve has re-signed for Ashington CFC after a short spell with Darlington 1883.

He will now go straight into the squad for Saturday’s Ebac Northern League first division clash against Guisborough at the King George V ground on Teesside.

Grieve had joined fellow Northern League outfit Darlington 1883 after being released by the Colliers in late August, making only a couple of appearances for the Quakers.

And the 21-year-old said he ‘jumped at the chance’ to return to his home town club.

“I’m really made up on coming back because not only have I got a lot of mates at Ashington, but I didn’t ask to leave in the first place,” he said.

“When the manager (Gary Middleton) came back in for me, I jumped at the chance.

“It’s good to be back and the Ashington fans are top drawer.

“Now my aim is to try and get into the starting line-up – and when I do so then my next target will be to keep my place.”

With the Colliers’ midweek game at Hebburn being called off due to a waterlogged playing surface, Grieve, an admin supervisor for a firm on the Team Valley, trained with his team-mates on Tuesday night.

Ashington boss Gary Middleton said he is delighted to bring the former Newcastle United defender back to Woodhorn Lane.

“To be honest, after I released Matty, we then became short on defenders with players picking up knocks and niggles.

“When I approached Matty and offered him an opportunity to come back, he had no hesitation in his answer – and I’m thrilled that he’s returned.

“Now he has another opportunity to show his potential.”

Grieve, however, will be looking to erase one memory from his mind whilst at the same time trying to make it a happy return in Ashington’s colours when he goes to Guisborough on Saturday.

He made his debut for Darlington 1883 against the Priorymen when the Quakers – who are top of the league – were on the wrong end of a 4-1 defeat, which is their only reverse of the season in ten matches.