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Bland: ‘It’s a club close to my heart’

Goalkeeper Shane Bland has expressed his delight at returning to Whitby Town, a season and a half after his departure.

Bland returned to the club after spells with Spennymoor Town and West Auckland Town, but is raring to get going again between the sticks for the Seasiders.

“I’m delighted to be back. It’s a fantastic club to play for,” Bland told whitby-town.com.

“It’s been almost two years away from the club, so I’m raring to get started.

“Things like the North Riding final at the Riverside, that’s a very bold memory. In the same season we finished two points outside the play-offs. There was also the rollercoaster rides of surviving relegation two seasons in a row, so I have fond memories and I’m looking forward to getting going again.

“With the backroom staff – Chardy, Bully and Macca now playing a part – it’s absoluteluly fantastic. Getting involved with the community and the Soccer School too, it was an absolute no-brainer to come back.”

Bland’s return to the club has been much anticipated, with the goalkeeper himself holding long-term ambitions to find his way back to the Turnbull Ground, to play for a club ‘close to his heart’.

“There were big influences with the management team, the players already here and the familiar faces from when I was last here,” Bland added.

“I came to watch the game against Scarborough on New Year’s Day and being back at the club then, it had a really good feel, and I felt at home.

“That’s the main thing, wanting to enjoy my football and wanting to feel a part of something that’s close to your heart.”

You can watch Paul Connolly’s full interview with Shane Bland right now on the club’s official YouTube channel.