Club legend Gavin Cogdon has re-joined Spennymoor Town following his release from South Shields.

Cogdon, 36, scored 132 goals in 289 appearances for the club during a trophy-laden stint from 2009 to 2016. As well as scoring an iconic goal in Moors’ FA Vase success in 2013, he also won the Northern League First Division, JR Cleator Cup, Durham Challenge Cup and Northern League Cup.

Cogdon also struck the opener as Spennymoor beat Northwich Victoria 2-0 in the 2016 Evo-Stik North Division One Play-Off Final. The striker left Moors and joined South Shields in the summer of 2016, helping the club to five trophies, including the Vase in 2017.

He scored 56 goals in 107 games for the South Tyneside club, averaging just under a goal every two games.

After signing a deal to return to The Brewery Field, Cogdon said: “It’s a massive move. As soon as I spoke to Jason I knew it was a club I instantly wanted to come back to.

“I’ve looked at Spennymoor while I’ve been away and I have seen the massive strides the club has been taking. I can’t wait to get started.

“My first spell here was great, but it’s about looking at the here and now. Spennymoor are in a different position than when I was previously here, and I want to help take them to another level.”

Following Cogdon’s return, Jason Ainsley said: “Gavin has been a massive part of the growth of the club.

“We talk about the journey of Spennymoor Town, and he has been a major part of that. He is probably fitter now than he ever has been, so to sign him on a one-year deal was a no-brainer.

“He has scored some big goals during his time at South Shields and I just think he will frighten the life out of defenders, either from the bench or from the start. Gavin has an opportunity here and he knows that. It’s a big step up and he wants to play in the Conference North and show people what he’s got.”


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