Lough returns to Colliers on short term deal

FORMER skipper Darren Lough has re-signed for Ashington on a temporary basis.

The former Newcastle United reserves player left the club during the summer to sign for Icelandic outfit KA Akureyri, who play in the 1. Deild Iceland League, but he has returned home after the end of their season.

Woodhorn Lane boss Gary Middleton said: “I’m delighted to have signed Darren again – even though it is on a temporary basis until he returns to Iceland in January.

“Darren will give us more options but it is a two-way situation as on one hand he is helping us out and on the other keeping himself fit.

“We always hoped he would come back to us and the lad has kept his promise.”

Lough said: “It was a no brainer to sign for Ashington really because after last season I was wanting to return to the club.

“There is a good bunch of lads in the dressing room and I want to help them during the time I’m back and see if we can progress further in league and the FA Vase.”

The 23-year-old added: “Things have gone well for me in Iceland – I enjoyed my time and the team finished third in the league.

“The top two were promoted and that will again be our aim next term with pre-season training due to start in January.”

Meanwhile Middleton has described his side’s home draw against Sunderland RCA in the second round proper of the FA Carlsberg Vase as being ‘tough.’

The tie will be staged on Saturday, November 17, a week after the two clubs are due to face each other in an Ebac Northern League first division encounter at Meadow Park.

Middleton said: “It’ll be tough. There are no easy draws but you are always looking for a home tie.

“We have already beaten RCA this season in the FA Cup after a replay and our league clash against them is the week before, so the Vase match will have added spice, but we’ll be up for it, that’s for sure.”