ROBBIE Dale has put pen to paper on a two-year deal with Whitley Bay FC.
The 27-year-old striker officially joined the Seahorses on Tuesday evening before his new side suffered a 2-0 reverse to Durham City in a pre-season friendly.
Bay manager Ian Chandler said he is delighted with the new addition to his squad.
He said: “Robbie has been prolific in the Unibond and Conference North over the years. He is big, powerful and quick and a really exciting player.
“He is a taller version of Lee Kerr with lots of skill and scores lots, he loves to dribble and can score from anywhere.”
Chandler admitted he went after Dale a few weeks ago.
He said: “Robbie is something we have not had for a little while but is what we have been looking for.
“I was quite happy to go with what we had for this season but this came about so we took it while we could.”
Dale impressed his new boss and the Hillheads crowd when he scored twice in a friendly on Saturday in a 3-3 draw at home to AFC Flyde.
Chandler added: “He fitted in really well, held the ball well and every time it went to him he didn’t give it away.
“Later on in the game he was aware that the ball was not getting to him so he went a bit deeper, sprayed a few passes and fit in really well for his first game.”
Dale was released by Blyth Spartans last weekend.
He was one of the most popular players amongst the Croft Park outfit, and Chandler hopes he will be as popular with the Hillheads crowds.
Former Bay assistant manager Steve Cuggy, now in charge at Croft Park, said he hoped the move would prove to be a positive one for the former Spartans hero.
He said: “I wish Robbie all the best at Whitley Bay.
“I think it will be a good move for him and I hope to see him at Wembley with them next year in the final of the Vase.”