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Spartans give winger Rivers a chance to flow.

Byline: JEFF BOWRON

BLYTH Spartans have added to their already impressive array of attacking talent with the signing of ex-Blackpool winger Jarrett Rivers.

The 22-year-old Middlesbrough Academy product had a crack at a Football League career after a great 2014-15 season at Blyth.

Twelve goals, including the winner in a televised FA Cup tie at Hartlepool, and countless assists saw Rivers join Lee Clark's Blackpool.

Clark, however, soon moved on to manage Kilmarnock and Rivers' chances at Bloomfield Road were limited.

The Spennymoor-born wide player made 13 league and cup appearances, only five of them starts, as Blackpool slipped out of League One.

Blyth have swooped to tie the right-winger down to a one-year contract. Manager Tom Wade said: "Rivers had a brilliant season before he had the chance to join Blackpool.

"Unfortunately it did not work out for him at a club which has had difficult times. He is now back in familiar surroundings in an attacking side which will, hopefully, bring the best out of him. We need to get him back to playing the way he was, though he will miss the start of the season with a hip injury."

A brace from Michael Richardson and a deflected Dan Maguire shot gave Spartans a 3-1 derby win in their pre-season friendly at Blyth Town on Saturday.

Rob Nolan's penalty had ensured the score was level at the halfway stage, Spartans concluding their warm-up campaign against Colne this Saturday.

The club are on looking for an assistant manager and coach after John Cornforth left.

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Date:Aug 1, 2016
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