Watson is Ashington’s third signing of the summer

Ashington CFC have signed midfielder Paul Watson from North Shields.

He is the third recruit of the close season made by manager Gary Middleton, who has worked with the player in the past.

The boss said: “Paul played for me when I was manager at West Allotment Celtic when he came on loan from Blyth Spartans.

“He’s a midfield player who can play either in a central role or wide and will be a good addition to the squad.

“He works hard and knows what the Northern League is all about.”

Newcastle born Watson said he is excited after finalising his move.

“I’m over the moon,” he said.

“I played at Allotment and after that went to Dunston for a year then to North Shields where I have spent the last four years.

“I’ve always been impressed with Ashington and know a lot of the lads up there who speak highly of the club.

“I like their style of play and also have a lot of respect for Gary Middleton and his assistant Perry Briggs.”

Watson, 30, a joiner, had a close up view of his new club last season when the Robins lost 2-0 against the Colliers in the semi-final of the Northumberland Senior Cup.

He added: “To be fair, I thought Shields did OK in the first half that night, but Ashington’s class shone through after the break.

“We huffed and puffed whilst they were quite comfortable, and when Andrew Johnson struck the second goal, there was nothing I could do other than stand back and admire it.

“I’m looking forward to my time with Ashington and cannot wait to get started.”

Watson joins other new signings Michael Laws and Sam Norris at Woddhorn Lane whilst Mark O’Dea, Paul Antony and Gareth Bainbridge have all left the club for pastures new.

Meanwhile Ashington’s first friendly of the pre-season, at home to Berwick Rangers, has been put back 24 hours and will now be played on Sunday, July 7, with a 3pm kick-off.