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Blyth Recruit Defensive Duo

Evo-Stik League Premier Division club Blyth Spartans have further bolstered their defensive options with the signings of Danny Parker and Arjun Purewal.

Centre-back Parker (pictured) is well-known to assistant manager Colin Myers - having played under him at Bishop Auckland last season.

And the 22-year-old has revealed that he is "overwhelmed" to be signing for Blyth.

Parker said: "It's a well-established club. When I got the text off Tom and Colin, I couldn't believe it.

"But I'm absolutely delighted to be here. I can't wait to get involved in this standard of football.

"I've been playing Northern League and it's a good league, but this is even better and I can't wait to get started."

As well as making the step up of two divisions, the former Motherwell defender is also glad to be linking back up with Myers at Croft Park.

Parker said: "Tom was in touch in the first place, but Colin was in touch as soon as he got the job as assistant.

"I'm happy to be back with him because he knows exactly what he's doing, he's got the experience and I'm looking forward to seeing his impact on the club."

And despite missing all of Blyth's pre-season games so far with a shoulder injury, he is still hopeful of being ready for when the new season begins.

Referring to his shoulder, 'Parks' said: "It's fine. I only did it the first time a month and a half ago.

"It's just a slight tear in the AC joint, but I've had a good month's rest and I've been exercising. So, I should be ready for the start of the season."

Spartans have also signed defender Arjun Purewal. The former Darlington 1883 and Whitby Town defender has put pen to paper after impressing during Saturday's 2-1 win over Whitley Bay.

And Spartans' latest recruit was pleased with what he saw from his new club in that game and believes Blyth will be a match for anyone if they can maintain that standard this season.

Purewal said: "I'm very happy to be here at Blyth. The club wanted me, so I was happy to come.

"I've already settled in well. The lads play some good football and it's great to be able to get involved with them.

"Against Whitley Bay, we were unbelievable in that first half. I think if we can keep playing like that, then we'll beat anyone in the league.

"That game was a real positive for me. I like it here and hope to do well when the season starts."

Manager Tom Wade thinks the 23-year-old will be a massive addition to the defence and is tipping 'Arj' to do well at Croft Park.

Wade said: "He's another young lad, but he's been around a bit. He's a good talker and a very confident lad.

"Arj did really well on Saturday and I think he'll bring a lot of stability to the team.

"He's experienced and he's obviously cocksure. He knows he's a good player.

"The lad does the basics well and won't try to do something he knows he can't.

"He's loud, very confident and that's probably what we need in the team."

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