06 Jul 2020 in First Team
By Brian Bennett
Dean Briggs has made a return to Ashington FC – seven years after making his debut for the club! And the Newcastle-born midfielder - who penned a one year deal – has admitted that he is more than happy to grit his teeth and endure what for him is a long standing chore with the new season hopefully on the horizon.
From Woodhorn Lane, Briggs - now aged 24 - moved on to join Gateshead for three years where he played for the under 19’s and was the fringe of the first team before spending a period of four years with Australian based outfit Peninsula Power. He returned to England in December, where he signed for Ebac Northern League first division side Consett and came on as a substitute in extra time during their 3-1 triumph away to Atherstone Town in the quarter final of the Buildbase FA Vase.
He put pen to paper for the Colliers last week and said: “I’m looking forward to it. It was in mid season when I joined Consett and I didn’t really get an opportunity but I’m hoping for more game time with Ashington. I liked what manager Ian Skinner had to say and had no hesitation in signing. The club have a plan, are getting back on track and I cannot wait to return. I’m even looking forward to pre season training - and I’m not usually that keen!”
Skinner said: “I am delighted that Dean has chosen to join us for the new season. Some fans may remember him as a 16-17 year old coming to Ashington after being released by Newcastle United. He is somebody I first came across when I worked for the academy at Newcastle when he was there and I’ve kept an eye on his development. When I found out there was a possibility that he may become available, I made him a priority target who I think will fit into our style of play fantastically. Dean’s enthusiasm and energy as well as his technical ability and good range of passing plus an eye for goal, could see him being a very important player for us next season.”