Fleetwood Town midfielder Dylan Boyle returns to Highbury Stadium after a successful loan spell at Spennymoor Town.
The Northern Ireland Under-21 midfielder was an ever-present figure for National League North side, Spennymoor Town after joining the club in late October last year and featured for them on 15 occasions.
This was the central midfielder's first loan spell at that level and has thrived under Spennymoor manager, Jason Ainsley, who described Dylan as the oldest 20-year-old he has worked with - ahead of his birthday on Sunday - due to his professionalism and the way he conducts himself on and off the pitch.
Boyle scored one goal during his loan spell in County Durham in the 3-0 home win over Gloucester City at Brewery Field - the home for Spennymoor Town. After his final game for the club on Saturday in their 3-2 win over Bradford Park Avenue, Boyle spoke to the local media to discuss his time up in the North East.
“Sadly, my time here at Spennymoor has now ended; the lads have been brilliant with me from the moment I walked in the door and also the gaffer [John Ainsley] who brought me in and made me feel welcome from the word go," Boyle said.
“He gave me the opportunity and I am just glad I came up here. I feel I have relished and I think I have played my part with the club over the last few months. Hopefully now with the team's momentum, they are only looking up and being five points off the play-off places, so I don’t see why they can’t be up there."
Boyle mentioned the supporters at Brewery Field and says they'll always have a special place in his heart. He added: “The fans are a credit to themselves as they’ve turned up in their numbers every Saturday and Tuesday night, as well as away from home so they are always backing the lads.
"They have had a big impact on me during my time here as it’s my first proper loan spell at this level and having a taste of football at this level has been great for me.”
Spennymoor Town manager, Jason Ainsley has only ever been full of praise for young Dylan Boyle, and he said: “We are devastating to lose Dylan as his loan was ending after today’s game against Bradford Park Avenue - he’s very mature on the pitch in the way he conducts himself.
“I know Fleetwood were looking for a higher club for him to play. I am gutted for Dylan, but I know there are bigger things waiting for him. He has my number and knows I would take him tomorrow if I could.
“I hope his next move gets sorted as I know he deserves it. I feel I have done well with the young lads coming in. He’s right up there with the very best Dylan.
"He came in at a difficult time when we were looking to move a few players on but it has been an eye-opener. I left him out and then he came on a half-time and dragged us over the line like he’s done countless times.”