The Northern Football League
Published 9th June 2011
Vastly experienced defender Chris Swailes from Blyth Spartans, Anthony Hume from Stokesley and Steven Shaw from Ashington have all checked in at the UTS Stadium.
Swailes is a centre back who was player of the season at Blyth in 2010/11 when he played forty-eight out of fifty games.
He previously played in the Gateshead side that was promoted to the Conference National and can also count Peterborough United, Boston United, Bridlington Town, Doncaster Rovers, Ipswich Town, Bury, Rotherham United, Oldham and Hamilton Academicals amongst his former clubs.
Hume is a forward who played for Stokesley last season and has also turned out for Northallerton Town, Blyth and Seaham Red Star, while midfielder Shaw played at Ashington last season where he skippered the side. He was formerly with Ryton, Blyth and Bedlington Terriers. Manager Billy Irwin is delighted to have strengthened his squad. He said the signing of Chris Swailes is a massive signing for the club. “He is a vastly experienced ex-pro who played nearly all of the games in the Conference North for Blyth Spartans last season, winning the Drager player of the season award. He will have a great presence within the club with his leadership and enthusiasm for the game.
“I have tracked Stephen Shaw for two seasons and he is the type of player who will fit in well at Dunston.
“Anthony Hume done well against us for Stokesley and with the type of player he will have around him I am sure he will do well.
“Most of all they were players who wanted to come and play for Dunston and we look forward to the coming season.
“My next signing may be my last this pre-season but if the right person becomes available who will strengthen our squad then we will certainly consider the option.”