Craig Scott: "Wade appointment is a big coup for Ashington"

23 May 2017 in News

Craig Scott: Craig Scott: "Wade appointment is a big coup for Ashington"

By Brian Bennett

Ashington club captain Craig Scott hailed the appointment of Tom Wade as joint manager alongside Steve Harmison and believes the former Blyth boss’s experience in the game will be a key factor. Newcastle-born Scott returned to the club before the start of the campaign just ended but was forced to spend time on the sidelines due to a spate of injuries. However following a team meeting last week when the new joint boss gave his expectations, Scott spoke of a double positive – the arrival of Wade coupled to his own injury free situation. The 29 year old said: “I’ve worked with Tom [Wade] before when we were at West Allotment Celtic. I have got a good relationship with him and I think it is a big coup for Ashington to get him on board. Last season didn’t go as planned for us and we didn’t perform to our expectations but Tom has got fantastic experience in football and has been with clubs higher up in the pyramid than ourselves. Hopefully he can bring a lot of that experience to help us next season.” Newcastle based Scott continued: “The team meeting was really upbeat. Both Tom and Steve Harmison set out clear objectives of where they want us to be as a club and how they expect us to get there. They are maintaining the core of the squad and pre season is going to be a big thing to get us to work hard on our fitness - then be ready to play games and work on our shape in the four weeks before the kick off.” In 2013, a move with his job as a customer account manager took Scott down South before he returned to the North East last year and again put pen to paper for the Colliers. Reflecting on last term - where the Colliers finished in 16th place in the Ebac Northern League’s first division – the central defender added: “We won the Northumberland Senior Cup in the 2012/13 season with a 3-0 win over Whitley Bay but I then had to leave the club and move down to London. I returned last season where I it was a very different team. Basically the atmosphere in the dressing room was still there but I found it really frustrating when results didn’t match it. There is a great set of lads at the club but we didn’t get the rub of the green. Now we can hopefully work to become strong as a unit and to operate as a group of players rather than as individuals.” Scott cannot wait for pre season: “I’m injury free now,” he added, “I just need to work on my own personal fitness to get up to a level where I am ready to play again and to be fully fit. I want to be a part of this. Tom [Wade] has come in and I want to show both him and Steve [Harmison] that I can be available and fit for more than just a couple of games.”

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