STEPHEN Thompson, who announced last week he was leaving Darlington, has signed for Spennymoor.

After eight years and 100 goals for Quakers, his final strike coming against Moors on Boxing Day, Thompson has opted to stay in National League North, turning down an offer from Quakers and agreed terms at the Brewery Field.

Moors announced yesterday that Gavin Gogden and Chris Mason were no longer part of the squad, but boss Jason Ainsley has quickly added Thompson to his ranks.

Thompson said: “There was also a very similar offer on the table from Darlington, but I felt that the time was right to move to on. It was a footballing decision and I want to see what I can accomplish with Spennymoor.

“I’m really looking forward to getting started and finding out what the season brings.”

“This club is looking to go in one direction. All you have to do is take a look around the place and see what has been done here over the last few years.

“I know there has been interest in the past and Spennymoor is a club I have admired. After speaking to the manager and the chief exec, I immediately felt wanted, which helped me make my decision.’’

Ainsley admitted: “Stephen is a player I have admired for a long period of time and he has been a constant problem when he has played against us over the years.

“He has great ability and he can not only create chances for others, but can win a game on his own.

“He can play in a number of positions at the top end of the pitch, which is beneficial to us and, after speaking to him, he is really energised and looking forward to getting started with the rest of the group.

“We are delighted he has chosen to come to Spennymoor and I’m sure he will become a firm favourite amongst the supporters.”

Moors have also handed seven players new deals as well as making goalkeeper Dale Eve a permanent signing.