Midfielder Matthew Wade has returned to former club Blyth Spartans after joining EBAC Northern League club South Shields earlier in the summer.
The 24-year-old joined the Croft Park club in 2013 and in the following three seasons went on to make 134 appearances for the club, scoring 13 goals in the process.
He was part of the Spartans squad that made it to the Third Round of the FA Cup in 2014/15 and won the Northumberland Senior Cup in the same season.
However, he chose to take up an offer to join South Shields at the end of last season.
Just two months after joining the Mariners, Wade returns to Croft Park and becomes the fourth member of the club’s squad from their 2014/15 FA Cup run to rejoin the club this summer, along with goalkeeper Peter Jeffries, winger Jarrett Rivers and midfielder Stephen Turnbull.
Commenting on the transfer Spartans boss Tom Wade said “I think Matty maybe realised that he had left a tight dressing room behind and he missed it more than he thought he would.
“That’s absolutely nothing against South Shields because they have a brilliant group of players there and a strong dressing room too.
“But Matty has been through a lot with us in three years and he is respected by everyone at the club. It is great for him to be back, he seems happy and the club are happy to have him back too”
The addition of Wade gives Spartans another option in an already competitive pool of midfielders.
However the Spartans boss believes he can offer something different.
“We have so many ball players in midfield.
“People like Stephen Turnbull, Neal Hooks and now Matty Pattison, who is an unbelievable player, but I think Matty just offers something a bit different that can benefit us from time-to-time in this league”
Spartans kick off their 2016/17 Evo-Stik Northern Premier League season with a home game against newly promoted Coalville Town on Saturday 13th August.
Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)