28 year-old midfielder Ravenhill will sign a two-year deal at the club, and becomes the first members of McParland's new look central midfield, after he released all of last season's last week.
Ravenhill was a trainee at Barnsley, but failed to make an appearance before moving to Doncaster Rovers, and was a key member of the side that rose from the Conference to League One in successive seasons. He made 80 starts for Rovers, scoring 9 goals. He then had brief spells at Chester City and Grimsby Town, before linking up with former boss Dave Penney at Darlington, where he made 62 starts, scoring 5 goals.
He is a tough tackling midfielder, and one of his faults is his poor discipline, with him picking up two red cards and nine yellows just last season, however one of the Magpies' biggest problems last season was the lack of a holding midfielder and an inability to get amongst the opposition, something it is hoped Ravenhill will help to solve.
Manager Ian McParland told the official site:-
"To strike a deal with Ricky is a massive bonus for us; I've been very determined to get him on board."
"Ricky has been involved in a number of successful sides chasing promotion in recent years and I feel he will complement our style of play very well."
He also revealed that he is expecting answers from two targets in the near future, as he looks to build his squad for next season.
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