Terriers sign McGlen from neighbours Ashington

Bedlington Terriers' new signing Lance McGlen playing for Ashington.
Bedlington Terriers' new signing Lance McGlen playing for Ashington.

Bedlington Terriers have captured the signature of an ever-present in Ashington’s 2014-15 line-up.

Defender Lance McGlen follows five other new signings for Terriers’ boss Andy Ferrell at Welfare Park.

The right-back, who can play anywhere across the back four, joins a list of players to have crossed the Wansbeck divide, but with McGlen highly-rated at the Colliers, the Terriers believe it is a big signing for them.

He said: “I have got no bad feelings whatsoever with Ashington, but the main reason for joining Bedlington was to help Andy out and do a good job for a good friend of mine.

“I know Bedlington had the very best team years ago, and I am fairly sure that the man in charge now is the right person to turn our fortunes around and get the club back winnings trophies.”

Bedlington conceded an astonishing 97 goals in the league last season, and newly appointed Ferrell expressed his desire to “re-build” from the back.

The manager said: “It is a great signing for us. If I am honest I was very surprised that he has come, but I have known him for a few years and I persuaded him to join the club.

“He will bring consistency with him, he can play anywhere across the back and he has a brilliant attitude, and he is somebody who I do think could kick on to the level above. He will be a big miss for Ashington.

“No club wants to be losing their best players, and Lance was a regular starter for them, Harmy, Skinner and Lee Anderson rate him very highly, so I am very happy with the signing.”

McGlen joins new arrivals John Pendlebury, Marc Dummett, Liam Hudson, Dan Staples and Marc Walton ahead of Bedlington’s pre-season game against Red House Farm on Wednesday, July 8.

The former Gateshead player added: “All the lads have come together to get behind Andy to make as good of a team as what we can to do well for such a big club.

“I don’t see why we can’t have a strong league campaign and have a good cup run. I won the Senior Cup with Ashington and I am ambitious because Andy knows his stuff.”