Arron Thompson and Callum Guy sign first-team contracts with SSFC
SSFC Academy graduates Arron Thompson and Callum Guy have continued their progression by signing first-team contracts for the 2019-20 season.
The deals will see them stay with the club for at least another year as they bid to build on an extremely positive last 12 months.
Thompson joined the Academy a year ago and went on to make three senior appearances last season, most notably in the Durham Challenge Cup final against Shildon when he produced a polished and composed display in midfield.
Guy linked up with the club when the Academy was formed two years ago and has made a significant impact since then, consistently impressing at Academy level and also when called upon by the first-team. He currently has nine senior appearances and two goals to his name.
Both players have now graduated from the Academy set-up to the first-team squad, and joint manager Graham Fenton is pleased they have committed their future to the club.
He said: “We’re delighted that Arron and Callum have agreed to sign for the club for at least the next year.
“Both players have thoroughly deserved their opportunity to join the first-team squad through their performances over the course of their time with the Academy.
“We feel both have progressed excellently over the last 12 months and we have high hopes that over the next year they will be really pushing towards first-team places.”
Thompson and Guy were part of the Shields team which won the National League Under-19 Alliance League Cup last season, beating Basford United on penalties at Walsall’s Banks’s Stadium.
Thompson scored in what was a 2-2 draw while both netted in the penalty shoot-out, with Guy dispatching the winning kick.
Fenton insists that the work has only just begun for the midfield pair, though.
He added: “They both know they’ve still got work to do to get there but they have the attitude and mentality to put the effort in to get their rewards.
“They will further boost the competition for places in midfield areas and they know that the players who are ahead of them at the moment are very, very good players, but I’m sure they will give it everything they’ve got to progress and earn their right to play in the first-team.”