22 Oct 2019 in First Team
By Brian Bennett
Ashington FC skipper Curtis Coppen has signed a contract until the end of the 2020/21 season.
The news was announced ahead of the Colliers away game at Thornaby on Saturday and the 24 year old defender said: “The club are definitely moving in the right direction and I wouldn’t have signed if they weren’t. I’m enjoying my football and that’s why I have put pen to paper on a near two year deal. Our league form has been pretty good but it takes time. Looking back to last season, there might not have been a club and people have got to understand this.”
He continued: “To be honest, they wanted me to sign a contract at the start of the season but I like playing Sunday football. Recently I picked up an injury with my Sunday club and that coupled to the fact that I am moving house makes it (signing a contract) more beneficial. In the past I’ve been speculative about signing a contract because they can be awkward at times especially when managers come and go. At Ashington, Ian Skinner has given me his word he is staying - so I hope he is.”
Manager Skinner - speaking after the 5-3 defeat against Thornaby on Teesside - said: “Curtis is somebody who we value as a player. He’s good in and around the dressing room and the players look up to him. We asked him if he would like to commit - he said ‘yes’ - and the rest is history. We are really pleased. We are trying to build here – getting Curtis on a contract confirms that – and we continue to be a ‘work in progress’ which might take 18-24 or 36 months to come to fruition. Harry Newton has scored twice for us today - and he is 17 year old boy; the two full backs are 18; the central midfielders both 21 so the more people who want to commit to it, the better that long term project will be. However, things won’t happen overnight and we will have frustrating days like today (against Thornaby) but we have just got to make sure we win the next game.”
Meanwhile pacy winger Dan O’Reilly left Woodhorn Lane last week to join fellow Ebac Northern League first division side Newcastle Benfield.