Arrival | Agnew joins Blyth Spartans

Blyth Spartans AFC is delighted to announce the arrival of Liam Agnew from League Two side Harrogate Town. 

The midfielder, 25, reunites with manager Michael Nelson having worked and played alongside him at Gateshead last season. 

Agnew progressed through the youth ranks at Sunderland, captaining their under-21s before making his only first team appearance in an FA Cup tie versus Fulham in 2015.

Having previously spent time on loan at Boston United, Agnew joined the Pilgrims permanently for the 2016/17 season following his release on Wearside. 

Just a few months later, ambitious Harrogate Town came calling and within his first full season in North Yorkshire, the club were promoted to the National League.

He appeared 16 times for Town during their debut season in non-league’s flight – which included a short loan at York City. 

Agnew spent the entire of last season on loan at National League North rivals Gateshead, featuring in both matches against Spartans. 

He featured 63 times for Town but now joins Blyth on a permanent basis as Nelson and co prepare for the season opener in the FA Cup next Saturday. 

Agnew said: “I’ve been speaking to Nelse for a little while now. It’s taken a while to get everything signed off at Harrogate and getting this deal done as well. 

“I’m glad it’s over the line and I can’t wait for the season to start now.” 

Nelson added: “He was playing week in, week out at Gateshead last year during my time there and afterwards as well. 

“He breaks play up very well. He gets in people’s faces and really disrupts the opposition. When he’s in possession of the ball, he can pick a pass out too. 

“He is probably more known for his disruptive nature on the field rather than his ability on the ball but he has certainly got both. 

“I’m sure the fans will see that throughout the course of the season.”

Posted by Jordan Cronin