Ambitious EBAC Northern League club South Shields have completed the signing of Dunston UTS goalkeeper Liam Connell.
The keeper won the FA Vase with Dunston in 2012 and his signing means he is the Mariners’ fifth new addition of the summer.
Connell has also had spells with the likes of Gateshead, Chester-le-Street Town, and Durham City throughout his career.
And after spending seven years with Dunston, he explained the reasoning behind his decision to move to Mariners Park.
Speaking to the club’s official website he said “It’s a good move for me. The ambition of the club is massive, and I just want to be part of what they’ve got this season.
“I want to be part of a winning team, so that’s why I’ve joined Jon (King) and Shields.
“The players that have been brought in so far this summer have been unbelievable, so it will be nice to play with them and hopefully be part of a winning team.
“It has been hard not to keep up with what has been happening at Shields over the last year, because it’s all over Twitter and Facebook with the supporters and the massive crowds the club gets.
“I want to be part of that, and hopefully we’ll be able to move up and win something.”
After seven years at Dunston UTS, Connell felt it was time to move on but he paid tribute to a number of figures around his former club.
However, the new challenge at Mariners Park persuaded him to move on.
He said: “The fans here were a massive part of my decision.
“I’ve been at Dunston for seven years and the fans there have been unbelievable, but playing in front of hopefully over 1,000 fans here with top quality players would be brilliant.
“Dunston will always be close to my heart, though, as I made some excellent friends there, the committee is spot-on and Billy Irwin, the manager, has been great with me over the last seven years.”