Date: 9th June 2012 at 12:55pm
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Former York City striker Craig Farrell has become Evo Stik Northern Premier Division Blyth Spartans’ first signing of the summer.

“I’m moving back to the north east in a couple of weeks so it’ll be good to sign for a excellent club in the region” – Craig Farrell

The 30-year-old is returning to the north-east after spending the latter part of last season on loan at fellow Blue Square Bet North strugglers Hinckley United.

Farrell originally began his career at hometown Middlesbrough and also had spells with Leeds United, Carlisle United, Exeter City, Oxford United [loan], Rushden & Diamonds and AFC Telford United before joining Hinckley in February and netting five times in a dozen appearances.

However, Hinckley and Blyth both still suffered relegation at the end of their campaign – in Spartans’ case for the first-time in their 113-year history. Hinckley were later reprieved following the resignation from the Conference of Kettering Town.

“I’m pleased to be joining the club, I’m moving back to the north east in a couple of weeks so it’ll be good to sign for a excellent club in the region,” Farrell told Blyth’s official website. “I know Carl Jones and I spoke to him about the Spartans and he tells me it’s a great set up.

“I know Tommy Cassidy quite well and have spoken to him and Paddy Atkinson and I am delighted to have joined, the club looks like its well run and the facilities are excellent,” he added.

Atkinson, another former York player, was recently appointed to serve as coach under Cassidy at Croft Park.

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