Spennymoor have completed the signing of 21-year-old striker Bradley Fewster after his release from Middlesbrough in the summer.
Fewster, who began his career with the Teesside club, signed professional terms with the Championship outfit in 2013 before enjoying a profitable loan spell with York City in League Two.
The forward has also represented England from under-16 to under-19 level, netting a hat-trick against Belgium for the under-18’s and scoring four times in three matches in the first round of the 2015 U19 European Championship qualifying.
Fewster joined York City in November 2015 and enjoyed the most prolific club spell of his career, scoring eight times including a goal on his debut against Accrington Stanley. The young striker won the League Two Player of the Month Award for February 2016 for his efforts.
After struggling to break into Middlesbrough’s first-team set-up last summer, Fewster agreed a loan move to Hartlepool – working under then-manager Craig Hignett – but his spell at Victoria Park was curtailed by injury.
He ended the campaign back in the Boro second-string side, but the club opted against handing the forward a new deal.
His arrival boosts Jason Ainsley’s striking options after the departure of David Dowson to Consett on loan.
Fewster has spoken of his excitement after joining Spennymoor in their maiden season in the Vanarama National League North:
“I’m obviously a month behind so I’m excited and ready to get started. I’ve spoke to the manager about the club and his ambitions for it and I was happy with what I heard. Hopefully I can get some games under my belt and score some goals. I want promotion, that’s why I am here.”
“As a striker I come alive in the box and link the play well. I love to play on the last defender, get in positions to score as many goals as possible and do my best to help the team.”