Spennymoor Town has re-signed defender Joe Tait following a two-year spell with fellow National League North side York City.
Tait, 30, previously joined Moors in 2014 and went on to make over 100 appearances for the club, scoring 31 goals, and was part of the squads that gained promotion in 2016 and 2017.
Born in Middlesbrough, Tait started his career at Hartlepool United but moving to the USA in 2009. He spent two years playing ‘college soccer’ before turning professional with the Dayton Dutch Lions and Major League Soccer side Philadelphia Union.
Tait returned to the north-east in September 2012 and signed for Darlington 1883 before joining Gateshead, however, he returned to the Quakers on loan shortly after.
Following his release from Gateshead in the summer of 2014, Tait joined Spennymoor and helped take the club from the Northern League Division One to the National League North.
Tait sat down with Moors TV and expressed his delight in returning to a club he feels is his ‘home’.
He said: “I’m delighted to be back at Spennymoor. The move happened very quickly, but after speaking to the management team I knew that I wanted to return and finish the job that we started in 2014.
“I think I have developed as a player and a person over the last two years at York City after deciding to go full-time. Reflecting on my time at Bootham Crescent, we ultimately failed as we should have got promoted.
“To captain a club of York’s stature is something I am immensely proud of and I can’t thank the club enough for what they did for me.
“There were offers from other clubs which would have allowed me to continue full-time, but as soon as I heard Spennymoor were interested and open to talk I told the manager I would happily walk back.
“I think me and the club have unfinished business and I am coming back to right the wrong’s during the end of my first spell at the club.
“I had some great times during my time at the club previously, but I am now here to prove people wrong and prove to the management team that they were right in bringing me back.
“The dynamic of the dressing room has completely shifted, with the intensity and player mindset completely different to what it was previously.
“It’s been great to get back in the dressing room with a lot of lads I class as friends, but I think everyone is aware of the task at hand and I need to come in and prove myself.
“This club is now primed and ready for the next level and promotion, so my aim is to come back in and help that become a reality.”
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