New Seaham Red Star boss busy with a signing spree

Mark Collingwood
Mark Collingwood

Mark Collingwood has been a busy man since taking the reins at Northern League First Division club Seaham Red Star for the second time.

Collingwood steered Star to promotion in 2015 but subsequently moved on to become joint manager at the now-defunct Jarrow Roofing.

The new Star boss takes over from Craig Lynch, who finished last season in control, has made a number of signings to bolster a squad which has lost Robbie Bird and Lee Chapman, among others, since a disappointing finish to last term.

Collingwood has tempted four former Roofing men – midfielders Paul Gardiner and Anthony Myers and defensive pair Darryll Donnelly and Dan Kirkup – to join him at Seaham.

Midfielder Andy Johnston has signed up for a third season with Seaham, with Lee Hetherington also committing himself.

Washington striker Vinny Gash has moved south from the newly-relegated Nissan-based side, while a move for Mechanics defender Alex White fell through when he was approached to sign a one-year contract at Evo-Stik League side Whitby Town, signing for the Yorkshire club for a second time.