Northern League legend Paul Chow excited by new challenge at Hebburn Town

Paul Chow
Paul Chow

New Hebburn Town striker Paul Chow says he has the hunger and desire to keep bagging goals.

The Northern League legend has joined the Hornets after deciding to leave Jarrow Roofing after a third spell.

Chow, who holds the record for the fastest goal scored at the new Wembley when he was an FA Vase winner with Whitley Bay, was inundated with offers from Division One sides.

But he has opted to join a ‘project’ at Hebburn after being convinced of the club’s ambition by manager Scott Oliver – who has also signed ex-South Shields duo Jonny Wightman and Lee Maitland.

Chow is now raring to go at his new club – having briefly retired from football last season.

“There was a spell last season when I wasn’t myself,” he said. “I took a break and came back to Roofing refreshed, and I’ve got the hunger to do well at Hebburn now.

“I had a few offers from the top teams but this felt right. I spoke to Scott and I know his assistant Chris Thompson and I liked the plans they have. They have a project and it is a fresh challenge for me.”

Chow netted 270 goals for Whitley Bay and won the FA Vase three times, sandwiched between three spells at Roofing, for whom he has scored more than 100 goals.

He says there was no animosity with Roofing chief Richie McLoughlin and Mark Collingwood when he told them he was leaving.

“I’ve got a good relationship with Richie – I’ve signed for him three times,” added Chow. “I’ve left on good terms. Both him and Colly are great blokes and with the squad they’re putting together they’ll do well.”

Now the veteran forward is focusing on helping Hebburn to promotion, after the club finished mid-table last season at the end of a difficult period in which they were in danger of going under.

“We are all excited by the signing of Paul,” said Oliver. “He’s not come here to run down his career.

“Paul will do a bit of coaching and help me and Chris on the management side but his main job will be to score the goals to get us promotion.

“It is a sign of intent and few others will follow in the coming days.”