Newly-promoted Vanarama National League North club Spennymoor Town have completed the signing of South Shields striker David Foley.
Foley, who began his career with Hartlepool United, spent the last two seasons with the Mariners and was part of their side that won the Buildbase FA Vase with a 4-0 win over Cleethorpes Town two weeks ago.
The striker was offered a two-year deal to stay at Mariners Park, but decided to move up two leagues and sign for the Moors.
That decision delighted Moors boss Jason Ainsley as he looks to establish the club in an highly-competition National League North this season.
He said ““David has had a fantastic season, scoring 35 goals including two in the FA Vase Final. His pace will cause problems to any defence no matter what league it is and the fact he can play in several attacking positions is a real bonus”
South Shields released a statement confirming Foley’s departure, stating that they felt it “would not be financially viable to compete with the five-figure signing-on fee the player had been offered by what is now his new club”.
The statement read “South Shields FC can confirm that striker David Foley has decided to leave the club to join Spennymoor Town.
David was offered an attractive two-year contract to stay with South Shields on improved terms, and the club did everything within its reasonable power to keep him.
However, at this stage, the club felt it would not be financially viable to compete with the five-figure signing-on fee the player had been offered by what is now his new club.
To do so would break the financial structure currently in place at Mariners Park and potentially risk the club’s hopes of success in the long-term.
Losing a player of David’s quality is something we very much wished to prevent, but it ultimately proved to be unavoidable.
David himself has indicated that he would like the opportunity to compete at a higher level with Spennymoor in National League North, and we wish him well in his future endeavours.
We would also like to thank him for all of his terrific efforts over the last two years, and the role he has played in helping the club to back-to-back promotions, and five trophies”.
Foley wasn’t the only addition to Spennymoor Town’s squad, as Jason Ainsley completed the signing of former Curzon Ashton forward Ryan Hall on a two-year deal.
Hall scored nine goals for the Nash last season and Ainsley admitted he had been a keen admirer of his since the Moors faced his Brighouse Town side two years ago.
“Ryan is someone I’ve kept an eye on ever since we played against Brighouse Town, through to his progression at Curzon Ashton, where he was exceptional last season.
“He can play in a number of attacking positions and brings great pace and energy to the team, which will be invaluable this season.
““We wish both lads all the best for the season ahead and hope to see them become great successes with Spennymoor.”
Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)
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