Turnbull returns to Blyth Spartans for a third spell

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Blyth Spartans have signed former fans’ favourite at Croft Park midfielder Stephen Turnbull for a third spell in the green and white.

The former Hartlepool United and Shildon man put pen to paper to complete a return to the club that he joined in 2009 and went on to make 91 appearances and scored 14 goals during that initial spell.

After spells with Harrogate Town and Australian side Bayswater City, he made a return to Croft Park in February 2013, making a further 16 appearances and scoring two goals.

‘Twinny’ signed for Northern League side Shildon at the end of the 2013-14 season but departed the County Durham club at the end of the season.

Spartans manager Tom Wade said he was delighted to have captured a player who he admitted he held in the highest regard.

“Steve is a great signing for the club. We fought off stiff competition from a number of clubs to get him, and with the backing of the board we managed to bring him back,” he said.

“He will give us a lot of experience in the centre of the park and the younger midfielders like Ryan Hutchinson and Matthew Wade will benefit from having Stephen and Neal Hooks in there with them.

“He is a leader on and off the park and we are all very happy to have him on board once again.”