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Mark Foden signs for Consett after Kyle Hayes announces his departure

Mark Foden, who played against Consett at Wembley, has signed for the club after long-serving goalkeeper Kyle Hayes announced he is leaving.

Kyle, who has been at Belle View for four and a half years, informed the club this week that he is unable to commit to playing in the Northern Premier League for personal reasons.

He made 169 appearances for the club, including the delayed 2020 FA Vase final at Wembley, where Mark Foden was his opposite number in the Hebburn Town goal!

A key member of our Durham Challenge Cup-winning side of 2018, Kyle also made a reputation for himself as a penalty taker as well as saver!

Kyle Hayes pictured with his son after Consett won promotion at Histon. Pic: Gary Welford.

Chairman Frank Bell said: “We are sorry to lose Kyle, who has been our goalkeeper for the last four years, but personal circumstances mean he cannot commit to the extra demands of the Northern Premier League.

“We are very grateful to Kyle for his loyalty, and for some vital saves, especially the one in the 98th minute at Histon in the game which won us promotion. Thank you and good luck to him and his family.”

Mark Foden is 26 and comes from Glasgow. He came up through the youth ranks at Hartlepool United before joining Ross County, and having loan spells at Stirling Albion and Stenhousemuir.

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Mark Foden played twice for Consett on loan from Blyth Spartans in 2019. Pic: Gary Welford.

After a season at Gateshead he had a spell out of the game before joining Blyth Spartans in March 2019.

After playing two games on loan at Consett early in the 2019-20 season to cover for Kyle’s absence on holiday he joined Hebburn Town permanently, and became their first-choice keeper.

He played against Consett in the FA Vase final at Wembley, and was promoted to the Northern Premier League with Hebburn at the end of the 2020-21 season.

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Ali Alshabeeb rounds Mark Foden to open the scoring in the FA Vase final. Pic: John Paul Hardy.

He missed only one NPL game last season, but was released at the end of his contract in the summer when a new manager came in.

Manager Andy Coyles said: “Mark has lots of experience at higher levels, including spending last season in the NPL with Hebburn. He’s looked good in training, and is looking forward to showing us what he has to offer.”

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Consett boost attacking options by signing midfielder Adam Mitchell from West Auckland

Consett AFC are delighted to announce the signing of one-time Sunderland professional Adam Mitchell from West Auckland Town.

The 28-year-old has agreed terms to become a Steelman after five seasons at West, in which he scored 18 goals in 98 appearances.

One of them was an absolute screamer which he put into the top corner from 25 yards when West beat Consett 3-1 at the Wanted Stadium last September.

He’s a player who’s been on Consett’s radar for some time, and Chairman Frank Bell said he’s delighted to have finally got his man.

Adam began his career as a schoolboy at Sunderland, and made his way through the ranks until he made his debut for the first team at Tottenham in May 2013.

He was a regular in the reserves in 2013-14, but was loaned out to Darlington near the end of the season, and eventually released.

After trials at several clubs he signed a two-year contract with Darlington, where he made 109 appearances, scoring 14 goals, and then had a year with Spennymoor Town, helping them win promotion to the National League North.

He joined West Auckland in August 2017, initially on loan, before making the move permanent. He was part of the team which won the Durham Challenge Cup in 2021.

Adam is the fourth signing of the summer, after striker Zak Atkinson, midfielder Declan Bisset and defender Callum Elliott, who all joined from Whickham.

Two more of our promotion-winning squad, Dan Marriott and James Martin, have agreed contracts with the club, with several others already tied down.