New signing Michael Coghlan is raring to go to raise the roof for Jarrow Roofing after signing for the South Tynesiders from Northern League Division One rivals Washington.
As one of four new signings that Richie McLoughlin has swooped for, the 30-year-old midfielder has swapped the captaincy of the Mechanics for the chance to raise the Roofers up the league.
I’ve signed because there are a lot of good players already at the club.
Playmaker Coghlan, who played as a professional in the Football League for Darlington, returns to Roofing following a spell in 2011 and believes his new club are in a false position and he says he expects them to finish in the top ten this season.
“I’ve signed because there are a lot of good players already at the club,” he said.
“Richie has been interested in me joining for some time now and nobody knows this league as well as he does.
“For Richie to want me as a player was a massive thing for me joining Roofing.”
When the Roofers clinched promotion from the second division back in 2014, McLoughlin aimed to bring Coghlan in as one of his first signings as the South Tynesiders sought to rebuild ahead of their top-flight campaign.
And despite the player deciding to commit himself to Washington, ultimately leading them to promotion at the end of last season, the Roofing supremo maintained an interest and has eventually landed his man.
There has also been a double signing from Durham City with both Callum Patton and James Fairley becoming Roofers.
Patton has already struck 15 league goals this season, and 17 in all competitions from 20 appearances, and is the second in the race for the Northern League Division One’s Golden Boot award.
The 22-year-old forward has previously had spells at Gateshead and played league football in Sweden before his return to the UK landed him at Durham.
Fairley, the 2012-13 Northern League Young Player of the Year, is a regular Northern League scorer, already netting nine times in 19 games for the Citizens this season, and returns for his second spell having played for the Roofers at the start of his Northern League career.
“I couldn’t ask for three better players,” said McLoughlin as he sealed the three new signings.
“All are top players and makes our squad very strong again after we had lost a few players.
“Michael, Callum and James all have that ability to turn a tight game in their favour and I’m more than happy with the squad now.”
The fourth signing brings a return to Roofing for Josh Allan. The local lad was a member of the 2012-13 squad at Boldonbefore spells at Seaham Red Star and Hebburn Town. Allan returns for a second spell at the club after playing in theWearside League for Horden CW this season.
Allan and Patton will join the squad for the first time tonight as the Roofers make the trip down to Guisborough Town in a League Cup second round tie with kick-off at 7.45pm while all four new boys will be available for Saturday’s first division league clash at Ashington.