Striker Phill Bell on Bay departure

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WHITLEY Bay FC will always have a place in his heart, says former striker Phill Bell who signed for Ashington CFC this week.

Bell, who only returned to Whitley at the start of the current season, is also keen to thank the supporters of the club, who he has built up a good rapport with during his time with the Seahorses.

The 28-year-old was speaking following a transfer deal that included Chris Fawcett returning to Whitley Bay ahead of the weekend’s FA Carlsberg Vase ties.

Bell said: “I wouldn’t have left Ashington for any other club other than Whitley Bay.

“I was promised to be playing in my preferred position of centre forward, but this wasn’t realised and I was instead asked to play a wide role, which I did to try and help the team.

“It wasn’t really a position I’m 100% comfortable with and as a result of filling a gap in this position, I feel as though I wasn’t given a fair opportunity to prove my worth up front, which was the whole idea for the move back in the first place.”

But moving forward, Bell, who score 18 goals during his time at Ashington last season, is looking forward to re-starting his career with the Colliers.

“I had a great time there last season, and as I mentioned previously I wouldn’t have ever left for anyone but Whitley Bay.

“Hopefully I can start where I left off, scoring goals and contributing to an ever progressing team and club.”

Phill Bell is expected to go straight into the squad for Ashington’s FA Carlsberg Vase tie on Saturday against Norton and Stockton Ancients.