McTiernan: I needed a change

Former Blues midfielder Dave McTiernan
Former Blues midfielder Dave McTiernan

Former Whitby Town man Dave McTiernan is relishing a new challenge, following his move to Blyth Spartans.

The midfielder, 32, completed his switch last Thursday, putting an end to his third spell with the Seasiders, his first coming back in 2003.

McTiernan, who made 435 appearances for the Blues, made his Spartans debut as an 85th minute substitute, on Saturday, in a 2-1 win over Stourbridge, and is looking forward to a new opportunity.

“It’s a new challenge, and one I couldn’t turn down,” McTiernan told the Whitby Gazette.

“I needed a change and this is a good opportunity, especially after turning down Darlington.

“I loved every minute at Whitby, it’s a great club and I want to thank everyone there, but especially the fans.

“They have taken me as one of their own.”

Blues boss Chris Hardy was surprised by the move, and still considered the outgoing midfielder as a key component in his promotion push.

“From the outside looking in, you’d question the move,” Hardy said.

“Given the fact that he’s dropped to the bench in the last couple of games, I think he’s looked for a new challenge.

“In terms of what Blyth could offer, they could offer more than us in terms of money, football and contract.

“Personally, I thought Macca had a part to play and I’d have liked him to stay, but at the same time, out of respect to his service to the club, we had to be respectful of his wishes and support him.”