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Rundle signs for the Braves

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Blyth AFC have announced the signing of former Rochdale and Mansfield Town midfielder, Adam Rundle, writes Andrew McDonnell.

The 34-year-old has been with the Braves throughout pre-season and scored a stunning free-kick in the 9-1 win over Wallsend Boys Club last Wednesday.

Rundle played in the 2008 League Two Play-Off final for Rochdale and scored a terrific volley and he’s played in big games throughout his career.

Joint-manager Jon McDonald is “delighted” that Rundle has decided to sign with the club for the new season.

“Adam’s pedigree speaks for itself,” McDonald said. “He’s amassed more than 300 league appearances. His attitude has been first-class in pre-season and he’ll be an asset for us this season.

“He has great quality, he’s an intelligent footballer and also humble for someone, who has achieved the level he has in the game.”

The midfielder started his career as a youth player at Newcastle United before moving to Darlington and then to Carlisle United, who paid £40,000 for his services as he made the move to Brunton Park.

He then went on to make over 50 appearances for Mansfield before a four-year spell with Rochdale. Rundle played the full 90 minutes in the Play-Off final loss to Stockport County and went on to make over 150 appearances for the Dale.

The playmaker turned his hand to management in 2015 with Norton and Stockton Ancients, but is now back playing after signing with Blyth ahead of the 2018-19 season.

Rundle will be hoping to make his debut for the Braves as the new season begins this Saturday, with Blyth playing away to Ashington.