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Moke is a Moor

Experienced midfielder Adriano Moke, previously of fellow National League North side York City, has joined Spennymoor Town ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.

The 30-year-old, who was released from Bootham Crescent in July, is Jason Ainsley’s seventh signing of the summer as he continues to shape his squad for the upcoming season.

Moke, a graduate of the Glenn Hoddle Academy, helped The Minstermen secure promotion to the National League in 2012 before spells at Cambridge United, Tamworth, Macclesfield Town, Wrexham and Boreham Wood.

He returned to York in November 2016 for a second spell with the club and quickly established himself as a fan favourite.

After signing for Moors, Moke said: “I am glad to be on board and I can’t wait to get started here. I want to wear the shirt and give it my all when the season gets started.

“Jason has been interested in bringing me here for a while now so it was a nice feeling to be wanted. I know what the ambitions of the club are and that’s one of the main reasons I wanted to join.

I’m an ambitious guy who works hard. I can’t wait to show the fans what I can do.”

“I was at York for six years and I feel like a new challenge will be good for me. That’s history now.

“Spennymoor has always been a tough team to play against and they’ve always had a good squad of players who I am looking forward to lining up with.

“I remember chasing Rob Ramshaw around plenty of times so it’s a good thing I’m going to be in the same team as him now!

“I’m an ambitious guy. I won three trophies during my time at York and I want to use my experience and help Spennymoor to gain promotions and win things.

“I can’t wait till the fans can come back and see what I can offer to the side.”

Manager Jason Ainsley believes Moke will be an important addition to the squad. He said: “Adriano is someone whose progress we have followed for a long period of time.

“When he was made available by York City we were one of a number of clubs who expressed an interest in securing his services and we are delighted that he has chosen to make the move to Spennymoor Town on a two year contract.

‘He has a wealth of experience at this level and above, and he will undoubtedly bring energy and know-how which will enhance our already strong midfield department.”

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