Blyth Spartans have signed defenders Anthony Callaghan and Rhys Evans from South Shields and Newcastle Benfield respectively.

Callaghan, 25, began his career in the Sunderland before joining Darlington. He soon made his way to Northern League side Washington before being snapped up by the ambitious Mariners.

The left-back has recently returned from a long lay-off with a back injury, making his 50th and final South Shields appearance in May’s Durham Challenge Cup defeat against Shildon.

Evans, 22, boasts previous clubs including Queen of the South and St Johnstone north of the border, but most recently played for Newcastle Benfield in the Northern League.

An energetic defender, Evans has been linked with a host of club’s higher up the pyramid, with Spartans securing his signature.

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