Luke eyes up a cup run

22 Jul 2020 in First Team

Luke eyes up a cup run Luke eyes up a cup run

By Brian Bennett

Ashington FC’s David Luke is looking for the Woodhorn Lane based outfit to find a level of consistency in their all round game from the start of next season.

The Newcastle-born midfielder was delighted to put pen to paper on a one year contract last week and said: “I spoke to the manager (Ian Skinner) and had no hesitation in signing. He was happy with the way I played last season and wanted me to be a key part of the squad. I thought we had started to gel as a team and had hit some good form before the season came to an end and also after a year together the players got to know each others strengths a lot better. On the other hand, we had made an indifferent start so we have got to be more consistent. The manager has made some strong signings - we will have a better squad – and there will be more competition for places which will keep everyone on their toes.”

However, the 26 year old, whilst admitting that the main focus should be on the league programme, would like the club to be involved in a cup run: “The league is the bread and butter but a cup run would be great because it would generate interest,” added Luke who is a health and well-being co-ordinator, “I cannot wait for the start of the season. It has been nice having a break but I miss seeing the lads. I have been going out for jogs and doing weight training to keep fit and active – but it is not the same as match tempo or kicking the ball around to get sharpness.”

Ashington FC boss Ian Skinner said: “David joined us last season after being Player of the Year at his previous club Ryton & Crawcrook Albion. He showed a great level of consistency in his performances across the campaign which led to him being in the top three for ‘Player of the Year.’ David was a player we wanted to retain and ensure he was at our club - and as a reward for his consistent performances we offered him a one year deal. He had no hesitation in signing and our midfield department will be really competitive.”

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