McGlen latest to join Colliers

Ashington boss Gary Middleton has made his fourth signing of the summer with the capture of Newcastle born defender Lance McGlen.

Eighteen-year-old McGlen - who was released by Gateshead – made his first appearance in a black and white shirt in Sunday’s 1-1 friendly against Berwick Rangers at Woodhorn Lane.

He said: “I’m happy to come and play at Ashington.

“I’ve had offers from other clubs but I have been impressed by the gaffer and Perry Briggs, whilst I also know a couple of the lads from up here.”

McGlen, whose favourite position is full back, added: “I’m looking forward to it and can’t wait for the season to start.”

Middleton said: “Lance was involved in Gateshead’s first team on numerous occasions last season.

“He’s a young lad with loads of potential and the Gateshead manager Anth Smith and one of his assistants Paul Bryson speak very highly of him.

“In addition, my assistant Perry Briggs saw Lance on numerous occasions last year and we are hoping for big things from him.

“We like to bring the younger lads in as we did with James Taylor, Matty Grieve and Liam Atkin, and after Lance’s performance against Berwick Rangers today, I’m looking forward to watching him in action as he looks a real top drawer player and will be a good addition to the squad.”

McGlen joins Michael Laws, Sam Norris and Paul Watson as Middleton’s summer signings.