Hopson’s staying with Blues

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Dale Hopson has signed a two-year contract at Whitby Town.

The midfielder ended a period of speculation about his future when he put pen to paper on a new deal on Wednesday morning.

“It’s taken a bit more time than we would have liked to sort out, but it’s very good news for the club that Dale is committed to staying here,” manager Chris Hardy said.

“There have been some very good concrete offers made to him by other teams, and until someone signs on the line there is always a fear that they might end up elsewhere.

“The good thing about Dale taking his time to make up his mind is that it means that you can be confident that he’s arrived at the right decision.

“The fact that he’s bought into what we are trying to do here at Whitby Town is a really good sign.”

Hopson started out at Darlington FC, making his debut in the Conference against Ebbsfleet United in 2011, before moving into the Football League with Huddersfield Town.

He joined Darlington 1883 following his release from the Terriers and first pulled on a Whitby Town shirt in August 2014, debuting in a home defeat to Skelmersdale United.

After a spell in Swedish football he returned to the Turnbull Ground in late November 2015 and netted six times last term to help save the Blues from Evo-Stik Premier Division relegation.