07 Jul 2020 in First Team
By Brian Bennett
One of Ashington FC's summer signings - Dean Briggs - has had his move to Woodhorn Lane given the seal of approval by his number one fan - his father Perry!
It’s seven years since Briggs senior was in the dugout as assistant manager to Gary Middleton when Dean made his debut for the Colliers - and the ex Dunston UTS boss believes his son has made the correct choice by making a return to the club. “It’s a good move for Dean,” said Perry who will watch from the terraces whenever possible, “He’s 24 year old now, has experience under his belt and will get game time so all in all I think he's made the right call. Things didn’t work out for him when he was at Gateshead but he was outstanding for Peninsula Power in Australia where he scored around 20 goals every season. It’s hard coming to back to this country and get into the swing of things and Dean just wants to enjoy his football.”
Briggs senior – who is based in Newcastle - has no doubt that Dean will be a hit with the Ashington fans: “He has matured as a player and has established himself,” he added, “Technically he’s very good, is a good passer of the ball and has an eye for goal – something which I didn’t have! I think he’ll do well and he has a good coach in Ian Skinner.” Perry - who served the game for 30 years as a player with Gateshead, Whitley Bay, Durham and Dunston as well as his time in management - has recently undertaken a job as a delivery driver which includes working on a Saturday – so is hoping Ashington will have plenty of midweek games when the new season gets the green light to start. Turning back the clock to his time at the Lane, Perry said: “Winning the Northumberland Senior Cup in 2013 against Whitley Bay at St James’ Park was massive but since I left, I still monitor the progress of all of my former clubs - including Ashington.”