Whickham have signed goalkeeper Liam Connell on a one-month loan from South Shields.
Connell is a two-time FA Vase winner and during his three-years with the Mariners, he has won two promotions and five trophies.
The 33-year-old, prior to joining Graham Fenton and Lee Picton’s side in 2016, spent seven years with neighbours Dunston UTS.
Connell said: “I started off well in pre-season with Shields, but haven’t been selected, so I spoke to the management and told them that I wanted to go out on loan.
“In the meantime, I’ve spoken to Robin (Falcus) and I know a lot of the lads here already. I know what the set-up is like and how Robin likes to play football, so it was a no-brainer to sign.”
On what he’s hoping to gain from the loan, he added: “Game time for starters. I haven’t played this season, so the most important thing is to get some games in.
“As well as that, I’m hoping we win as many games as we can.”