STRIKE star Paul Chow admits his career has come full circle after returning to Jarrow Roofing.
The Northern League legend put pen to paper for the Roofers eight years after leaving them to join Whitley Bay.
Chow famously won the FA Vase three times with Whitley, scoring on all three occasions in the finals at Wembley.
His strike after 21 seconds against Wroxham in 2010 remains the fastest-ever goal at Wembley, and he scored in every round the following year.
He leaves Whitley as the second highest goalscorer in their history, having plundered 270 goals in 404 appearances for the Seahorses, only 37 strikes behind Billy Wright.
But he says it was the right time to return to Boldon Sports Ground, where he bagged more than 100 goals in a couple of spells.
“It’s always been my aim to come back to Roofing,” said Chow.
“Things haven’t been going ideally at Whitley Bay and the time was right to return.
“It’s been very enjoyable and I’ve got some great memories which will never be repeated.
“The excitement of returning to Roofing has made up for the sadness at leaving Whitley.
“I was getting close to the all-time Whitley Bay goalscoring record, which would have been nice, but it wasn’t meant to be.”
His return to Roofing has delighted manager Richie McLoughlin, who first handed the player his debut 15 years ago.
Chow made his first appearance for Roofing back in 1998 and spent six years at the club, before leaving for Durham City. However, after just one season there he returned briefly to the club, before leaving for Whitley in 2007.
“I’ve had two spells with Richie so this will be my third debut,” the 34-year-old added.
“I’ve still got plenty left in the tank but it’s always been my aim to come back and hopefully finish my career at Roofing.”
McLoughlin is hoping Chow’s experience will help his side, who have had a good campaign in their first season back in Division One and sit sixth in the table.
“I’m over the moon with signing Paul back,” said McLoughlin.
“I got him as an 18-year-old and he banged in lots of goals for me.
“Paul is a great lad and it’s a bonus for him to come back to the club.
“The lads will benefit from his experience and he has kept his word when he said ‘one day I will be back’.”