Quinn and Moore join Colliers as Armstrong departs

Jonathyn Quinn.
Jonathyn Quinn.

Ashington have signed former Newcastle United youngster Jonathyn Quinn and winger Chris Moore from Consett.

Both are now expected to make their debuts at Washington on Saturday when the curtain goes up on the new Ebac Northern League season.

Meanwhile forward Dylan Armstrong, who looked promising since joining the club in February, has accepted a football scholarship in the United States and leaves the area this week.

Ashington-born Quinn, who was released by the Magpies in June, is itching to start.

The 19-year-old striker said: “I’m really happy to have signed. Obviously I thought the transition from full-time to part-time would be difficult, but the management team at Ashington and the lads have made it easier.

“I’m raring to go and can’t wait to score goals and enjoy my football.

“Everything at the club has been positive and I know I have got to put in 100 per cent in everything I do.”

Moore arrives with a high pedigree having won both an FA Vase and FA Trophy medal with Whitley Bay and Darlington respectively.

The 31-year-old said: “I know head coach Ian Skinner and some of the lads and I know they performed well at the end of last season.

“I’m looking forward to it.”

Manager Steve Harmison said of the trio: “Jonathyn Quinn is a fantastic coup for Ashington. He is trying to get back into the professional game and hopefully we can help him to do that.

“He has spent time at Blyth Spartans and been on trial with Berwick whilst other clubs are sniffing.

“We’ll try and get the best out of him.

“If a full-time club comes in for Jonathyn and he signs, then he will go with our best wishes.

“It’s a win-win situation for everybody.

“The acquisition of Chris Moore from Consett is fabulous for us. He is a fully qualified coach who wants to go into that side of the game and it will be good to have him in our ranks.

“He coaches the Durham University side and it was through Chris that we got the likes of Jonny Giles last term.

“However, he is a player first and foremost and I’m over the moon that we have got him because his experience will help us no end on the field.

“He hasn’t played a lot of football pre-season but he got 60 minutes at Brigg where he has already set standards and I’m sure he will fit in very well.”

On Armstrong, the boss added: “Dylan sets off for America this week and a football scholarship but he goes with our best wishes to enhance his life skills.

“I’m gutted that he is going and I’d have loved to keep him here, but he is going for the right reasons and hopefully he’ll come back a better footballer.”

Meanwhile goals from James Harmison, Quinn and Tony Stephenson sealed a 3-1 win for the Colliers against Brigg Town last weekend.

“It was a good win as well as a good exercise because Albion Sports whom we face in the FA Cup, are in the same league as them,” said Harmison.

“We didn’t play as well as we would have liked because the lads used a lot of energy in the last three games and looked sluggish.

“The application was there but they got frustrated and the thing I liked was that after a few things happened, they got at each other willing their team-mates to get better, which I can take as a manager because it was for the right reasons.

“Also, if we want to be a better side and challenging we have got to be smarter and street-wise, which was an area which let us down today.

“All in all, pre-season I’m happy because as a collective group we’ve identified what we wanted to do.

“Everybody got minutes and performed, and this week it’s all about making sure the lads get two training sessions under their belts in order to be ready for the start of the league programme on Saturday.”

Ashington’s first home game will be on Tuesday, August 11, against Penrith at 7.30pm.