South Shields defender Dillon Morse has signed a new two-year contract with the club, with an option for a further year.

The 24-year-old has established himself as a key player at Mariners Park since joining from Blyth Spartans in the summer of 2016.

He started all but four of Shields’ matches in all competitions in 2018-19, a campaign which saw Morse narrowly miss out on winning a third consecutive promotion with the club.

In total he has made 144 appearances for the Mariners to date, scoring 25 goals.

Morse has committed himself to the club despite interest being shown in his services by clubs further up the non-league pyramid.

Speaking about the new contract, he said: “I’m over the moon to have signed a deal to be part of this great club for at least another two years.

“The three years I’ve been here have been brilliant for me personally and for us as a team, and I’m delighted to commit my future here.

“I have already made a lot of great memories with the lads and now we look forward to next season, where we will hopefully create lots more of those memories.

“I feel I’ve progressed a lot as a player under Lee Picton and Graham Fenton, and alongside the lads here, and I can’t wait to see how much more I can develop over the next two seasons.”

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