Matty Pattison has completed a move to Northern League Division One side Whickham from South Shields.
The Mariners confirmed Pattison had been placed on the transfer list at his request on Wednesday after a change in family circumstances meant he was unable to fully commit to travelling to away games.
The midfielder has now linked up with Whickham after a transfer was agreed between the two clubs.
Pattison has paid tribute to Shields after his time at the club came to an end.
He told the Shields Gazette: “I thoroughly enjoyed my time at South Shields and it was a tough decision to leave, but with all the travel needed playing for Shields, it was conflicting with my family life and becoming tougher and tougher.
“Out of all the non-league clubs up here, you couldn’t ask for a better club and better facilities than Shields.
“It’s a fantastic club and I’m gutted I have to leave it.
“It’s on another level and they will only go from strength to strength.
“The two managers are very thorough and they bring an energy and level of coaching to the club which is superb. I wish them all the best in the future.”
Pattison made 43 appearances for the Mariners after joining from Blyth Spartans in May 2017.
He scored five goals, including one on his final appearance for the club in last Saturday’s 5-1 Emirates FA Cup win over Garforth Town.
We would like to thank Matty for his tremendous service and wish him well for the future.
Joint manager Lee Picton said: “While it is really disappointing to hear that Matty can no longer continue with us on our journey, we fully respect the reasons why, and give thanks to him for all his tremendous efforts whilst playing for the club.
“He established himself as a really important part of our side last season and scored some really crucial goals.
“I’m sure many of the fans will go on to have fond long-lasting memories of Matty’s skill levels and undeniable flair on the pitch, but he was also a fantastic character to have in the dressing room and around the club in general.
“We obviously wish him and his family all the success moving forwards and they will always be welcome back at Mariners Park.”
South Shields are to host Spennymoor Town in the first qualifying round of the FA Youth Cup on Monday.
The tie will take place at Mariners Park, with kick-off at 7pm.
Support would be greatly welcome, with admission costing £2 for adults and £1 for concessions.
The fixture is a rematch of last year’s second qualifying round tie between the sides, which Spennymoor won 2-1 at Mariners Park in front of a crowd of 277.
The young Mariners reached this stage of the competition with a terrific 4-3 win at Stockton Town, coming back from 2-0 and 3-2 behind. Goals from Will McCamley, Michael Colquhoun (2) and Sam Hodgson sealed the victory.
They also started their ECFA Category One Premier League campaign in fine style on Wednesday, beating York College i2i 7-2.
The youngsters would hugely appreciate your support on Monday in what will be their biggest occasion of the season so far.
South Shields are set to renew acquaintances with Morpeth Town on Tuesday in what promises to be an exciting Integro Cup tie at Mariners Park.
Supporters will be able to watch the match at a reduced cost after the club made the decision to adjust ticket prices for the first round tie.
Tickets will cost £6 for adults, and £3 for students, over-65s and under-16s. Seats are an additional £2.
Any supporters who have already bought tickets at the original prices will have the difference reimbursed. The club is in the process of contacting them all to arrange this.
Joint managers Lee Picton and Graham Fenton are expected to field a team featuring senior players alongside a number of the club’s successful academy squad.
The academy started their ECFA Premier League campaign with a 7-2 win over York College i2i on Wednesday.
The Integro Cup proved to be a fruitful competition for the Mariners last season after they reached the semi-finals, with numerous players from the club’s academy impressing along the way.
This first round tie comes four days before Shields take on Stockport County in the Emirates FA Cup at Mariners Park.
Tickets can be bought in advance online 24 hours a day by clicking here, or in person at Mariners Park between 1pm and 5pm on weekdays. Seated season ticket holders have until 5pm on Friday to secure their seat before the remaining seats are put on general sale.
Tickets will also be available at the turnstiles on matchday.