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Thursday, 24 July 2014

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Workington Reds miss out on striker

Workington Reds have missed out on hot shot striker Graham Armstrong after he agreed a move to rivals Blyth Spartans.

Darren Edmondson photo
Darren Edmondson

Armstrong left Harrogate after rejecting a new contract offer at the end of the season and had Borough Park boss Darren Edmondson chasing his signature.

The Hexham-born front man netted 22 times in the league last year but opted for a move closer to home.

Edmondson said: “I’m not too disheartened that Graeme decided to sign for Blyth. I think it will be a good move for him because he will be the star man, on which the team is based. If he had come to us then he would have been one of three men vying for a starting place.

“I have been in contact with him since the season ended and he’s got himself a good deal. If he had come here, he would have been in the top earners bracket.

“We will use that money to go towards other targets and I am constantly talking to players to improve our team for next year.”

Edmondson, who returned from a family holiday to Tenerife over the weekend, will now turn his attention to other targets which include former Carlisle midfielder Mark Boyd.

Mark Sloan will also team up with Workington in pre-season with Edmondson keen to keep hold of the youngster, who impressed towards the end of the season.

He said: “Mark has some options available to him but we’re definitely interested in keeping him with us.

“He did well in the first team, showing some touches of class, so we want to keep him for next year.”

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