07 Jul 2020 in First Team
By Brian Bennett
New signing Bobby Taylor says he cannot wait for the new season to get under way after putting pen to paper on a one year deal at Ashington.
North Shields-born Taylor – who has overcome an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injury, reckons he ‘feels good’ having played in three or four games towards the end of the last campaign which was cut short by the Covid-19 pandemic. For Taylor - who has served Blyth AFC, North Shields and more latterly Seaham Red Star – the move sees him renew his links with Ian Skinner and Paul Antony, manager and assistant manager respectively at Woodhorn Lane who were in charge at Blyth AFC: “I cannot wait to get started,” said a delighted Taylor, “I have worked with Ian and Paul before and when they explained the set up at Ashington to me, it was a no brainer. I was very impressed with what they had to say - they have a plan – and I very much want to be part of it. Even behind the scenes, there is a very professional approach about the club and I love it. I’m excited by it all. On top of that, it’s always good to play in front of a crowd - and the Ashington fans are terrific.”
Taylor – who has been on the Northern League scene for the best part of six years – is just glad to be back fighting fit: “I was injured last season and probably out for about seven months,” he said, “I worked hard on training techniques and was happy to get a couple of games in before the end of the season. Like quite a lot of players, I have been exercising over the last few months and ticking over at home. I feel good and my goal is to try and come in as fit as possible and to hit the ground running.” Another part of Taylor’s attributes will be his experience: “I’m only 24 - but the squad are young,” he added, “I like the fact of being dubbed as ‘a more experienced player’ and I will be linking up again with Ben Harmison who I know well.”
Manager Skinner said: “It will be good to work with Bobby again. He’s a player who will excite the fans with his pace and direct attacking style. He has good ability to go past people and also chips in with his share of goals and I’m delighted to get him board.”