By Brian Bennett

Cameron Gascoigne says he is excited after putting pen to paper for Ashington last week.

For the past two years, Gascoigne – a forward – has been with Ebac Northern League first division outfit Newcastle Benfield joining them after he had just celebrated his 19th birthday.

But the Gateshead-born player admitted that when he received a phone call from Ashington, he was ‘immediately interested’ in a move: “I had two good seasons at Benfield and enjoyed my time with them. However as soon as I got the call from Ashington, I was immediately interested because I felt it was time for a new challenge and I thought the move was right for me in terms of where I wanted my career to go. Ashington’s ambitions are really high after being promoted to the Northern Premier League and there is talk about them hoping to make the play offs come the end of the new campaign – and from what I have seen of the squad, I think that can be possible.”

He added: “Ashington are a huge club in non league circles. They have a big history and when Benfield played them home and away last season, the support towards their players is always amazing. I’m excited and really looking forward to joining a club who have got ambitions and who want to push on.”

Meanwhile Gascoigne was full of praise for Newcastle Benfield: “As soon as I rang manager Paul Brayson, he said the club would never stop me from wanting to play at a higher level. They have been excellent and I’d like to thank everyone who has helped me after I came into the Benfield set up as a young lad.”