Sec­ond deal nearly done for Spar­tans

The Chronicle - - Safc - By JEFF BOWRON

BLYTH Spar­tans ex­pect to clinch their sec­ond sign­ing of the week to­day as squad prepa­ra­tions near a close.

For­mer Mid­dles­brough youth striker Bradley Few­ster scored twice on de­but in a 4-1 pre-sea­son friendly win at Dun­ston UTS on Tues­day.

Few­ster’s sig­na­ture should be fol­lowed by an­other Teess­side­based player, Stock­ton Town cen­tre-back Tom Coulthard.

The 23-year-old cap­tained the An­chor­men in their FA Vase fi­nal de­feat against Thatcham Town at Wem­b­ley in May.

He has been at Stock­ton since he broke into the first-team as a 17-year-old and has agreed terms with Blyth.

Spar­tans boss Alun Arm­strong said: “Few­ster is some­one who I knew from my time at Mid­dles­brough and he didn’t get much of a chance at Spen­ny­moor.

“He has al­ways scored goals, in­clud­ing while out on loan in the Foot­ball League, and at 22 is a player who will con­tinue to de­velop.

“Coulthard is of a sim­i­lar age and an­other player of prom­ise. It is a big step-up from the North­ern League, but hope­fully he’ll be able to make it.

“Three play­ers we’ve signed this sum­mer are young and hun­gry, but you can only look for rough di­a­monds for so long.”

Pro­tracted at­tempts to prize de­fender Chris Reid away from Mor­peth Town proved un­suc­cess­ful forc­ing Arm­strong to look else­where.

Arm­strong is look­ing to com­plete his sum­mer work by sign­ing an­other goal­keeper, Shaun Mac­Don­ald hav­ing left for Torquay this week.

“While no fee was in­volved we have a sell-on clause with Torquay.

“It’s not ideal hav­ing to look for an­other keeper but hope­fully we’ll have one in the near fu­ture.”

Blyth Spar­tans man­ager Alun Arm­strong

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