MIKE Aspin has returned to Northwich Victoria.

The teenage defender rejoined the Blue Square North outfit last night, Monday, after finishing the previous season at Farsley Celtic.

“The door was never closed for Michael,” said Vics boss Andy Preece.

“I’ve had to be patient about it because he was understandably wary after what had gone on at the end of last season.

“I’m happy to have him back.”

Aspin, 19, tore up his Northwich contract in March after waiting too long to be paid. He put in 14-days’ notice of intention to walk out and did on the eve of Vics’ league encounter with Salisbury City.

The former Preston North End and Blackburn Rovers junior had agreed terms with Dino Maamria last summer after impressing in a trial.

He went on to make 32 starts in league and cup for Vics before jumping ship to the Throstle Nest, where he helped the Celts avoid the drop to the UniBond Premier Division.

A brief spell in Thailand with Nahon Pathom followed.

Preece agreed terms with the full back after the weekend, adding him to what is shaping up to be one of the most formidable back lines in the league next season.

“We need to be solid if we want to be contenders at the top of the table,” he added.

“It’s great to have options because it means nobody slips into their comfort zone and thinks they are a certain starter every week.”

Aspin played 90 minutes in tonight’s 1-1 friendly draw with neighbours Altrincham.