Blyth Spartans are delighted to announce that captain Nathan Buddle will be extending his stay at the club for another season.
It’s nine years to the day since Buddle first signed for the club as a 19-year-old from Hartlepool United. In that time he has since amassed 270 appearances in the green and white stripes over three spells at the club, as well as taking on the captain’s armband last season.
Speaking about his decision to renew his deal, Buddle said, “I wasn’t going anywhere for this upcoming season, I knew that from the moment last season ended. It’s no secret that I love it here, the fans, the ground, the club as a whole.
I came back to get this club to where it was when I left; at the right end of the table chasing a play-off position and I feel, due to injury early in the season, I was robbed of a full crack of that whip. Now I am 100% and working daily to make sure that doesn’t happen again.
This season will be a fresh opportunity to put the struggles behind us, and give the fantastic supporters something to get behind.”
Spartans boss Terry Mitchell added, “Since I’ve come along he’s started 23 of my 30 games so has been a vital part of the team that has kept us in the league.
As soon as I spoke to him, it was a ‘yes’ straight away. He loves the club, he’s totally committed and wants to make sure the club and supporters have a team pushing in the top half of the league.
As well as being the captain on the pitch, off the pitch he’s excellent with myself and sets the tone and standards for the rest of the lads. I’m delighted that he’s signed on for another year.”