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Atkinson Signs Spartans Deal

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Vanarama National League North club Blyth Spartans have agreed terms with right-back David Atkinson on a contract basis to keep the former Carlisle United defender at Croft Park until the end of the 2018/19 season.

The 24-year-old, who returned to Spartans after a short spell with Icelandic side Íþróttabandalag Vestmannaeyja (IBV), has put pen-to-paper to stay with the club until at least the end of next season and Atkinson is delighted his future is finally settled.

He told the club`s official website: “It feels good to sign the deal, I’ve been speaking to Alun for a couple of weeks now, but due to the rules of international clearance I was unable to sign a contract until now.”

The right-back returned to the club in November and has made eleven appearances this term for Spartans but was only able to sign on non-contract terms, meaning other clubs were able to speak to him under certain conditions.

“I’ve had a few offers from league clubs, but when I spoke to Alun about his ambitions for Blyth it stuck out to me. I’m enjoying my football here at the minute and we have a good set of lads in the dressing room.”

Atkinson also lauded the Spartans faithful after signing his new deal and hopes the team’s performances will see a packed Croft Park for the remainder of the season.

“We’re a well-supported club both at home and away from Croft Park, especially when we get a full house here, it’s a great place to play football”.

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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