South Shields have completed the signing of former Stoke City youngster Jack Devlin on a short-term deal.

The striker’s move is with a view to the arrangement becoming longer-term should the 19-year-old impress at Mariners Park. Devlin earned a switch to the Potteries after impressive Northern League spells with Newcastle Benfield, North Shields and Easington Colliery, where he earned a reputation for scoring all types of goals.

He worked with Graham Fenton during his time at North Shields, and the Mariners joint manager is excited about the prospect of linking up with the youngster again.

Fenton said: “We’re delighted to have Dev at the club. It has come at a very good time for us with what has happened on the injury front with Carl Finnigan and Gavin Cogdon recently.

“It’s a good opportunity for Dev to come in and really stake his claim for a place in the squad.

“It’s over to him to prove himself over the period he’s here to earn himself a longer-term contract.

“Having worked with Jack before, I’m really excited by what he’s capable of.

“He has got everything as a centre forward. He can hold it up, run in behind and score all types of goals, from the spectacular to the tap-in.”

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