CURZON Ashton have today (November 11) announced the signing of former player Mike Norton from National League North rivals FC United of Manchester.

Norton, 34, has rejoined the Nash – where he scored more than 200 goals in five seasons including an incredible 51 goals during the 2007/08 season before signing for FC United in October 2013.

He immediately became a fans favourite with the Rebels fans with 32 strikes in his debut campaign – including the famous FA Cup second round winner against Rochdale at Spotland – to earn the player of the year award and later the captain’s armband.

However after sustaining a knee ligament injury against Blyth Spartans, Norton has fallen behind Tom Greaves, summer signing Sam Madeley and Matthew Wolfenden in the pecking order at Broadhust Park.

The striker has spent time on loan at FC Trafford this season, where FC boss Karl Marginson hoped he’d ‘get match fit and used to playing regularly’ again after his spell on the sidelines.

FC United boss Karl Marginson commented: “We didn’t want Norts to go but understand that he wants to play first team football. He feels that he has completed his rehab and is fully fit. After consultation with our medical staff, reserve team management and drawing on my experience, I didn’t feel that he was yet at the level to resume playing first team football.

“Norts will go down as a legend at the club and, on a personal level, I can say that he is one of the best people I have ever had the pleasure to work with – both on and off the pitch,” continued Marginson.

Norton rejoins Curzon with John Flanagan’s side riding high in 10th place in their debut season in tier six of the football pyramid.

The Nash, who have enjoyed back to back promotions, have picked up 10 points from the last 12 available scoring 11 goals in the process.

Norton is expected to go straight into the squad when they host North Ferriby United at The Tameside Stadium on Saturday (November 14).

By: Callum Matthews
@matthews1818

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