Former FC United of Manchester man George Thomson has officially been announced as moving to league rivals Harrogate Town.  

The 25-year-old notched an impressive 20 goals for FC United last season and joins Town as Simon Weaver’s fourth summer signing.

Describing himself as “not quite an out and out striker, but more of an attacking midfielder”, Thomson, who can operate either side of the frontman as well as through the centre, is determined to build on his impressive eighteen months at Broadhurst Park.

Having scored 32 goals in seventy-two appearances during his 18-month stay at FC United, Town fans will hope to expect a similar return as the energetic playmaker returns to full-time football.

“I joined FC United from Chester in January last year and whilst I did enjoy my time there, I have definitely missed full-time training. I am still a young player and I wanted to get back into full-time professional football this season.” commented Thomson.

“Having played against Harrogate a couple of times now, I fully expect us to be challenging at the top end of the table this season. I know that all the players here want to be in the mix again, and whilst it’s a tough league I don’t see why we can’t mount a serious challenge.”

With Thomson’s excellent form sparking interest from a number of other parties, it is a sign of Town’s progress that The CNG Stadium was his preferred destination.

“Yes, there were a few other clubs interested in me, but I’m really pleased that Harrogate Town have given me this opportunity. I am very happy with my decision to sign for Town and believe this is the right place for me to continue my development.

We had some real ups and downs at FC United last year, and I think Harrogate will be a different environment for me. As a player, I like to be a part of footballing teams. It’s clear that the set-up here enables that. I’ve trained on 3G surfaces before and I can’t wait to have the opportunity to play on a perfect pitch every home game.”

With his deal now signed, West Yorkshire-based Thomson is also looking forward to fewer hours on The M62 next season.

“From where I’m based it is a little closer, and in fairness, I’ve already been speaking with Simon Ainge who lives near me. I think we’ll probably get a car school sorted too which will help in terms of getting to know the lads.  I just can’t wait to get going”.

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