South Shields striker Carl Finnigan has left the club due to work commitments and has joined Whickham.

The move represents another significant change in the Shields squad, after fellow frontman and club favourite Gavin Cogdon left last week. Former Newcastle United youngster Finnigan has been a resounding success since signing for Shields in 2016, playing a key part in two promotions and five trophy wins.

The 32-year-old, who scored 72 goals in 115 appearances, was offered a new deal by the club, as joint-manager Graham Fenton explained to the Mariners’ website: “Carl has been a brilliant servant to us on and off the pitch over the last three years and we are very sorry to see him leave.

“We offered him a new deal as we very much wanted him to stay, but ultimately he has been given a work opportunity which he cannot turn down, so we can’t stand in his way. He leaves on the best possible terms and we would like to thank him for his huge contribution during his time here.

“We’re sure he will continue to be a success both on and off the football pitch in the years ahead.”

He joins Whickham, who finished 17th in the Ebac Northern League Division One last season, and this is a move which will provide a major boost, as the club continues its impressive close-season business.

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