NBriggs signs off with a goal in final game for Ashington

Ashington’s Dean Briggs revealed he could not turn down a career move to Dubai – as he set off for pastures new this week.

By Brian Bennett
Tuesday, 2nd November 2021, 9:56 am
Updated Tuesday, 2nd November 2021, 9:56 am
Dean Briggs celebrates his goal in his last game for Ashington. Picture by Ian Brodie.
Dean Briggs celebrates his goal in his last game for Ashington. Picture by Ian Brodie.

Briggs, who left on Monday, signed off with a goal in Ashington’s 4-0 victory over Billingham Town at The dwmedia Stadium on Saturday to take his tally up to 15 goals in all competitions this term.

The midfielder – who first made his debut for the Colliers as a teenager when his father Perry was assistant manager to Gary Middleton – said: “My friend already works over in Dubai and said there was a job opportunity for me - plus a bit of a lifestyle change - so I’m going to give it a go.

"It’s a big risk but at the end of the day it’s a big career opportunity for me and I couldn’t really say no. Obviously I will miss my football and that that was the one thing which I had to take into consideration. However if things don’t work out I’ll come back.”

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Briggs - who returned to Woodhorn Lane before the start of last season – will leave with fond memories: “I love it here,” he said, “The facilities are great; there is a great group of lads at the club who get well looked and there is a big togetherness in the group. Then there are obviously the fans who are unreal – just look at our attendances as we are third in the table for the best supported club in the league - and that says it all.”

With 20 minutes remaining of the contest against the Teessiders on Saturday, Briggs side footed home Ashington’s second: “I wanted to go out on a goal and it was an unselfish lay off by Liam Doyle – especially as I didn’t slide him in beforehand – so fair play to him,” said 25 year old Briggs, who hit all four in midweek as the Colliers triumphed 4-2 against Newton Aycliffe: “That was the first time I had scored four for several years,” he added, “It was one of those nights where everything went the right way.”

Briggs believes Ashington can continue to make progress: “I think the club can go as high as it wants to go - and that’s their aspirations in the next few years,” he said.

Manager Ian Skinner said: “There’s only one Dean Briggs. You don’t replace him and consequently he’ll be a big miss. He’s been fantastic since the minute he walked through the door at this football club and I can’t speak highly enough of him.”