Terriers clinch signing on Northern League Deadline Day
By Andrew McDonnell
Bedlington Terriers managed to capture the signing of defender Phil Cave in the closing stages of Northern League Deadline Day.
The 28-year-old has experience in abundance and has played for a host of league and non-league sides throughout his career, including Gateshead and Blyth Spartans.
Cave played 82 times for the Spartans, scoring three goals and he has been plying his trade recently out in Australia for Holland Park Hawks, who play in the Flight Centre Premier League.
Assistant manager Craig Heward has labelled the signing as a “very good” one, while also stating that the left-back will bring “discipline”, “will to win” and “quality” to the side, who are battling to stay in Division One this season.
Cave is a product of the Newcastle United Academy and he went on to captain the reserve side, but never reached the first-team at St. James’ Park.
He moved to Gateshead back in 2007 and went on to play 41 times for the Heed, scoring nine goals from a defensive role, and that earned him a trial at Scottish side Livingston, who he signed a contract with.
However, after half-a-season in Scotland, the defender made his move back to Gateshead, initially on loan before making a permanent move back to the International Stadium.
After moving to Blyth, he made his first appearance in the Northern League with Ashington, he made 10 appearances for the Colliers and played against the Terriers before making the move to Bedlington.
Cave has the ability to play left back and left midfield and he will be hoping to make his first appearance back for Bedlington since the 2012-13 season against title-contenders Guisborough Town at the weekend.
Phil Cave playing for Gateshead against Oxford United (Photo: Gateshead FC)