Published 17th July 2011
...said: "My decision was made easy."
The 27-year-old midfielder won the FA Vase, gained promotion, won the Cheshire Senior Cup and topped 200 appearances in four years with the Dabbers – but now in the colours of Stafford Rangers.
Blackhurst said: "I was sad to leave Nantwich because they are a great club, but Jimmy Quinn came in as manager in the latter stages of last season and he has his own ideas.
"I was invited back for training, although there was no offer and I was in limbo. Greg Clowes, at Stafford came in with a concrete offer and that was the difference.
"You have to look after yourself. There was nothing from Nantwich and a good offer from Stafford, so it was an easy decision."
Blackhurst renews his links with Clowes after the two were together at Alsager Town when they won promotion to the Northern Premier (UniBond) League in 2005/06.
He said: "Stafford are a big club and as I knew probably 90 per cent of the team it felt like home."