Spartans bolster squad with Sunderland academy’s Cartwright and German keeper Otte

Andrew Cartwright.
Andrew Cartwright.

Blyth Spartans have added to their squad with the signings of former Sunderland academy man Andrew Cartwright and German goalkeeper Fabian Otte.

Cartwright, who is 20-years-old, appeared at right back for Blyth in pre-season games against Blackpool and Ashington.

He made 32 appearances for the Black Cats U21’s last season and is the son of former Spartans midfielder Peter Cartwright.

German keeper Otte also appeared for Tom Wade’s side in pre-season and has played for a number of clubs around the world.

The 24-year-old counts Bayer 04 Leverkusen U23s, Carolina Railhawks (USA) and Western Suburbs (New Zealand) among his former clubs.

He has now been granted international clearance after agreeing to join the club last week.

Spartans manager Tom Wade said he was happy to see the pair put pen to paper.

“It’s great to get the two lads in and both have come along with great pedigree,” he said.

“Fabian has been at Bayer Leverkusen, along with a number of other German clubs and he is a confident lad.

“He is very vocal and he will be fighting for his place along with Adam McHugh once Nick Thomson goes to America in a couple of weeks.

“Andrew almost joined a Football League club in the last couple of weeks and it was very much a touch and go situation. He has signed for us now and he fits into the ethos we have here.

“He is young, hungry and ambitious, and coming from Sunderland’s academy, like Tom McNamee, we know he has a good upbringing.

“He is also the son of Peter Cartwright, who Spartans fans loved in his time at the club, and it means he knows a bit about the club.

“Both can have great futures here at Blyth Spartans.”