Whitley Bay FC have completed the signing of midfielder and fans’ favourite Paul Robinson from neighbours Blyth Spartans.
Robinson, a community football coach at the Newcastle United Foundation, spent six hugely successful years at Hillheads and was a member of all three of record-breaking FA Vase winning sides at Wembley before moving to Darlington at the start of last season.
He joined Blyth in November but after 15 months away, has returned to Whitley Bay, much to the delight of everyone associated with the club.
Speaking after putting pen to paper, he said: “I really enjoyed my time at Blyth, they’re a great club, but I’m absolutely delighted to be returning to Hillheads where I’ve so many happy memories and I can’t wait to be part of Leon’s team.”
Dubbed the ‘Hillheads Maradona’ by Bay fans, he made 292 appearances in his previous spell at the club and scored 73 goals, a remarkable achievement for a midfielder, so it comes as little surprise that his return has been greeted with an enthusiastic response from the supporters.
He has entertained the fans with some spectacular goals at Hillheads and has twice won goal of the season as well as collecting various player of the season awards.
He went straight into manager Leon Ryan’s squad for Saturday’s 2-1 home against Durham City and will be in the squad for Ashington on Tuesday evening.