Rivers thanks Spartans after signing for Blackpool

Jarrett Rivers in FA Cup action for Blyth Spartans.
Jarrett Rivers in FA Cup action for Blyth Spartans.

Blyth Spartans winger Jarrett Rivers has praised his former club after signing for Blackpool FC.

The former Middlesbrough and Whitley Bay player left Croft Park for an undisclosed fee this week and agreed a one-year deal with the Tangerines.

The deal includes a sell on clause as well as the League One club travelling to take on Spartans in a pre-season friendly at Croft Park on July 14.

Rivers said: ”I’d like to thank Tom [Wade] for giving me the chance to play at Evo-Stik level as well as all the backroom staff, players and fans at Croft Park.

“Everyone has given me so much support at Blyth.

“It’s been great and I will take with me so many memories that will last forever.

“I wish the whole club the best of luck for the future.”

Blyth manager Tom Wade added: “Jarrett has been an absolute pleasure to deal with since joining us last season.

“He struggled to get into the side at first but he went on to establish himself as a regular in the team.

“He’s a great guy and has been outstanding for us.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for him to get in to professional football.

“As the Northern Premier League Young Player of the Year for last season, Blackpool are getting an extremely skilful player.

“No doubt about it, Jarrett is one of the brightest young talents around.

“Everyone at Blyth Spartans thanks him for his time with us and wishes him all the very best for the future.”

The 21-year-old scored a sensational late winner for Spartans in their dramatic 2-1 FA Cup second round victory at Hartlepool late last year.

Blackppol manager, former Newcastle United and Sunderland midfielder Lee Clark, said: “I’ve had personal success in the past taking players from non league, having signed Lee Novak while at Huddersfield and Matt Green at Birmingham City.

“Jarrett’s got a good football upbringing from his days as a youngster at Middlesbrough and he’s an exciting player who makes and scores goals.

“He’s been one of the outstanding players in a successful season for Blyth Spartans, starring in their FA Cup run and play-off push.

“His efforts this season have seen him rewarded with a Young Player of the Year award and a call-up to the England C team.”