South Shields say they regret to announce that Matty Pattison has been placed on the transfer list at his request following a change in family circumstances which would restrict his ability to travel with the squad.

The club also say that everyone at Mariners Park would like to thank Matty for his service over the last 16 months and wish him well for the future. He joined South Shields from Blyth Spartans in May 2017 and went on to make 43 appearances for the club, scoring five goals.

His last appearance was a memorable one as he scored Shields’ fifth in the 5-1 Emirates FA Cup win over Garforth Town on Saturday.

Joint-manager Lee Picton said: “While it is really disappointing to hear that Matty can no longer continue with us on our journey, we fully respect the reasons why, and give thanks to him for all his tremendous efforts whilst playing for the club. He established himself as a really important part of our side last season and scored some really crucial goals.

“I’m sure many of the fans will go on to have fond long-lasting memories of Matty’s skill levels and undeniable flair on the pitch, but he was also a fantastic character to have in the dressing room and around the club in general. We obviously wish him and his family all the success moving forwards and they will always be welcome back at Mariners Park.”

Enquiries from clubs about Matty’s availability can be made to South Shields joint managers Lee Picton and Graham Fenton.

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