Andrew Bulford signs

Andrew Bulford signs

South Shields Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of Andrew Bulford.

The striker joins from Dunston UTS, where he is the club’s all-time record goalscorer, having signed in 2008.

Bulford scored both goals in their FA Vase final victory over West Auckland Town at Wembley in 2012 – having scored in every round of the competition – and also counts Darlington and Ryton & Crawcrook Albion among his former clubs.

The 29-year-old is now ready for a new challenge at Mariners Park, and after watching from the sidelines as his new team-mates beat Team Northumbria 1-0 in the League Cup on Tuesday, he reflected on his move to Shields.

He said: “It’s a new challenge for me, so I’m excited about it.

“I’ve been in the same changing room and club for about eight years, so it will take a bit of getting used to, but it’s an exciting new challenge so I’m looking forward to it.

“I’ve pretty much played with or against everyone here. There’s a good set of players here, and hopefully I can add to it.

“I played under Jon King at Morpeth, so I knew him. I knew Gary Middleton through coaching badges I’ve done, so it helps to know people.

“I spoke to Jonny Wightman, who I played with at Dunston, and a couple of the other lads to see what their thoughts were, and it was all positive.

“You want to join someone with ambition, and I’ve certainly joined an ambitious club here.”

Manager Jon King said: “We’ve made a massive signing with Andrew Bulford, and I can’t thank the board enough for backing us with that.

“He’s proven, I’ve been chasing him for a number of weeks and it’s a massive coup for this club to get Andrew.

“He’s got pace and gets in behind. He’s aggressive and never stops running, but the biggest thing is he scores goals. He just loves to score goals.

“Once we saw he wasn’t playing a lot at Dunston, I spoke to the club. It’s been a long process, but we got there in the end.

“I had him 10 years ago at Morpeth when he was only 18 or 19. Even then, his hunger to score goals was fantastic, and it’s great to have him on board to add to the good strikers we already have.”

You can watch a video interview with Andrew Bulford on Mariners TV on Thursday.

The main image attached to this article was captured by Peter Talbot.