By Andrew McDonnell
Midfielder Adam Rundle has set his sights firmly on silverware in his first season with Blyth AFC. The 34-year-old, who has been with the Braves throughout the summer, scored a spectacular free-kick in the 9-1 win over Wallsend Boys Club.
Blyth will be competing in the Emirates FA Cup for the first time in history this season and Rundle said that it is one of the cup competitions that he’d like to do well in.
He said: “The ambitions is to meet all the targets that the management and the chairman have set. I know they want to do a lot of things like FA Vase runs, FA Cup runs and finish as high as possible in the league.
“With me being a highly-motivated person, especially speaking to Jon (McDonald) and (Ian) Skinner, they want to win everything. I want to come in and try to achieve as much as possible. I want to go on these FA Cup and FA Vase runs and try and win the title if we can.”
Rundle has enjoyed a successful professional playing career, playing for the likes of Rochdale, Chesterfield and Mansfield Town, but also knows what the Northern League is all about. The midfielder managed Norton and Stockton Ancients in 2015 and also played for Jarrow Roofing and feels it was a “no-brainer” to sign for Blyth.
“Work-wise, I work near Blyth,” Rundle added. “I work for a company in Cramlington, so it allows me to get to a lot of games because I do continental shifts.
“Also, everything that I’ve heard since I’ve been in the Northern League, a lot of people have been speaking about Blyth. I just wanted Jon and Skinner to have a look at me as well as me having a look at the club.
“The training sessions that’ve been put on have been second-to-none. The lads have been fantastic, it’s a great set of lads and it was a no-brainer once I was asked to put pen to paper. It was just a case of getting the paperwork sorted.”
Rundle impressed from the get-go and is sure to be a key player this season, his prowess and knowledge of the game will be crucial as the Braves get set to embark on their first season in Division One. The playmaker expressed his delight at signing for the Division Two champions and has heard “good things” about where the club want to go in the near future.
He said: “I’m delighted to have signed. I came to have a look in pre-season, I played the full pre-season with Blyth. I heard good things about the club and the way they want to go.
“The evidence is that, when I’ve played and have been to the training sessions, you can see it’s a club that want to go places. It’ll certainly be good to be a part of that.”