Whitby Town have announced that prolific goalscorer Dale Hopson has re-joined the club for an undisclosed fee.
Hopson, 25, joined Blyth Spartans last summer, but couldn’t resist the chance to return to the Turnbull Ground when Chris Hardy called. And Hopson, who netted 32 goals in all competitions over the 2016/17 season with the club, believes that it was the natural choice for him.
“It’s positive in the fact that I’m back where I need to be playing,” Hopson said. “For me, if I can’t go full-time, then this is probably the best choice in terms of teams for me to play at.
“It’s not just the staff and the players [that brought me back]. David McTiernan had a big part to play, I trust Macca, but obviously the staff I get along with, the fans are really friendly and I’ve always seemed to be liked here and obviously that plays a big part in it.
“[2016/17] was arguably the best season I’ve played in my career, in terms of goals scored and what I achieved. It’s going to be hard to get back towards that but I’m going to try and give it a good go this season.”
However, despite his history with the club and the fee paid, the midfielder doesn’t feel that there is pressure on him.
“I wouldn’t say there’s pressure,” Hopson added. “I feel pretty confident to be honest. I’m coming back confident.
“I’ve had a little knock on my knee, but I think I’ll be coming back stronger and fitter than I’ve ever been.”