FA Vase winners South Shields have had a boost to their preparations for the new Evo-Stik NPL First Division North season with the news that striker Gavin Cogdon has penned a new two-year deal.

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The former Spennymoor Town striker was a key part of the Mariners impressive showing last season, as they ended the campaign with four trophies.

Cogdon scored thirty goals in thirty seven games as the clubs won the Ebac Northern League, Durham Challenge Cup, Northern League Cup and the FA Vase.

The striker didn’t score in their 4-0 Vase Final win over Cleethorpes Town but he did play a key role in the win, winning the penalty that lead to the Mariners’ first goal.

Cogdon has become the latest key figure to pen a new deal at Mariners Park, following in the footsteps of the likes of midfielder Julio Arca, defender Jon Shaw and goalkeeper Liam Connell.

The thirty four year old joined South Shields from fellow North East club Spennymoor Town at the start of last season and at the time he said “I got a good few calls from other clubs, but I said ‘hang fire, because I’m going to speak to Shields’, and once I had done that, there was no point in speaking to anyone else. This was the club I wanted to go to.”

The club will make the step-up to step four of the non-league pyramid and the news that Cogdon is committing to the club for the next two years will enhance many people’s predictions that they will be the team to watch in the Evo-Stik NPL First Division North.

Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)
Image: PA Images


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