Exciting forward Millenic Alli has become South Shields’ second summer signing.
The 19-year-old follows Adam Thurston through the doors at Mariners Park and will be introduced to his new team-mates at the opening pre-season training session, at Harton Welfare on Saturday.
The former Bury youngster impressed Shields joint-managers Graham Fenton and Lee Picton in two trial matches earlier this summer, so much so that they were eager to sign him up.
A deal has now been agreed with the Dublin-born teenager, who is raring to go as he moves to South Tyneside from the Lancashire area.
Alli – who played senior football for Padiham last season – said: “I’m very happy to have signed for South Shields and can’t wait to get going.
“I’ve spoken to the managers and they told me all about the plans here, and the faith they have in my ability.
“This is a long way away from home for me, so I’ve not come here to mess about.
“I can’t wait to get started in pre-season and get fitter so I can kick on again.
“The club has done well over the last few years with plenty of promotions, so the club is going somewhere and I want to be part of that.
“Everyone’s ambition here is to get the club as far as it can possibly go.”
South Shields joint-manager Graham Fenton said: “We are really excited to bring Millenic to the club.
“He has taken part in two trial games during the off-season and he really impressed us on both occasions.
“South Shields supporters can look forward to seeing an exciting, skilful forward player who likes to take people on and create and score goals.
“We have also been impressed with the defensive duties Millenic undertakes as a forward.
“He has a good grasp of his defensive role and is also very good one-on-one defending from the front.
“He is also a very strong player and is able to hold off defenders, and he possesses lots of potential that we are really looking forward to tapping into.
“Even though he is only 19, he has played quite a few games at senior level which will have done him the world of good.
“We’re really looking forward to seeing Millenic play senior football at a higher level with us.”