Blyth Spartans have signed striker Ben Harmison from Northumberland counterparts Morpeth Town.

The 34-year-old, a former professional cricketer, stepped into non-league football with hometown club Ashington.

And after having a brief spell with North Shields, Harmison has worked his way up the football pyramid in recent seasons.

Harmison spent most of last season at Evo-Stik Premier side South Shields and played a big part as the Mariners narrowly missed out on the title.

Morpeth Town then snapped up Harmison in the summer and now, after a brief loan with Whickham, signs for his third Northumberland club.

Manager Lee Clark said: “Ben knows the club and knows the area and brings experience as well, which is very important for me.

“He is a target man and is a very physical player, which myself and Paul (Stephenson) have realised this league is a lot about physicality.

“We believe he can be a big asset for us. We need to get the right people doing the right type of moments off him, whether he is holding the ball up or flicking it on.

“We need players to make those types of runs to get beyond and get behind defenders. But also set plays – they are massive at any level but more so at this level.”

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