New Whitley Bay manager Paddy Atkinson has wasted no time in bringing in new faces to freshen up his side.
After a busy week in the transfer market, he has made six additions to his squad ahead of the weekend’s game away to Sunderland RCA.
Having witnessed two disappointing defeats since taking over the reins at Hillheads, Atkinson highlighted the defence as the key area in need of strengthening.
First to put pen to paper was Bedlington goalkeeper Sean McCafferty, allowing highly promising teenager Dan Gladstone time to work with the club’s new goalkeeping coach Jamie Clark.
McCafferty, a regular in the Terriers side, was last year’s Player of the Season at Welfare Park.
Two players formerly with Blyth Spartans have been recruited by the new boss; Phil Cave, a defender who also had a spell with Whitley’s Reserves, and centre midfielder Tom Berj, who has also played in the Northern League for West Auckland but has recently been out of action following a foot injury.
Atkinson has also secured the services of two promising young players from Gateshead on loan deals.
Centre back Dillon Morse, 20, had a short spell at Newcastle Benfield having previously been on the books of Carlisle United, while Michael Williamson is a 19 year old midfielder who arrived at the International stadium from Rotherham United.
Finally, Whitley’s attacking options have been increased as striker Andy Robertson has returned to the club following a spell at Heaton Stannington.
In recent weeks Andy has been playing for the Reserves but has now signed first team forms.