Spartans’ signing spree
It’s been a busy week for Blyth Spartans and their manager Michael Nelson with the confirmation that 14 players have signed on for the Croft Park outfit over the past seven days.
Some old and new faces have been assembled by Nelson, including a return for former striker Dan Maguire.
Others putting pen to paper include Corey McEwan, Connor Thomson, Rhys Evans, Jordan Hickey (formerly with Hull City), ex-Spartan Sean Reid, Karl Byrne (fgormerly of Boston United), ex-Newcastle youngster Lewis McNail, Josh Gillies (previously with South Shields), Jordan Watson, Michael Liddle, Nathan Buddle and JJ O’Donnell.
Nelson said: “It’s been an extremely busy week but I’m happy to get the basis of the squad together so early.
"We have been focusing on what we thought we needed. Some of the players we targeted have now joined us and there has been a lot of positivity amongst the fans, who I am sure have been pleased to see what we are doing.
"I also have to thank the chairman and the board as they have been fully supportive of my plans.”
Another signing is young forward Jamie Clark, who has agreed his first contract following his breakthrough into the first-team.
The 19-year-old graduated from the U19s programme – in association with Tyne Metropolitan College – late last year.
Clark was handed his National League North debut at Kettering Town in November before starting games against Boston United, Brackley Town and Gateshead. “I’m thrilled to have been offered a contract at Blyth Spartans,” Clark said.
“This time last year I was preparing to play in the under-19s, now I have the opportunity to impress in the first team. I really enjoyed breaking through last season. My thanks and appreciation goes to Michael Nelson for trusting and believing in me. I’d also like to thank the tutors and coaches at Tyne Met for helping me in my development over the last few years.”
Manager Nelson said: “Jamie came into the team at a difficult time last season and stood up to the challenge in front of him. He has some real positive aspects to his game but is still young and raw. He will need coaching and developing over time but we believe in him.”