Blair Adams signs new contract with South Shields

Blair Adams signs new contract with South Shields

Blair Adams has committed his long-term future to South Shields by signing a new contract which keeps him at Mariners Park until the summer of 2022, with an option for a further year.

The left-back has proved to be a hugely popular figure on and off the pitch since joining his hometown club following his departure from Hartlepool United in the summer of 2018.

Supporters can now look forward to seeing the 28-year-old in claret and blue for at least the next two seasons after he put pen to paper on a new deal.

Adams – who has made 74 appearances and scored six goals for the Mariners – has expressed his happiness after extending his stay with the club.

He said: “I’m delighted to have signed a new contract.

“I’ve made no secret of how much I’ve enjoyed it here since the moment I signed.

“I feel so comfortable and valued at this club and I think I’ve played some of my best football of recent years here, which has shown how much I’ve enjoyed it.

“We’ve only been in talks about the new contract for a few weeks so it has come around pretty quickly.

“I’m happy to have that security behind me and I’m looking forward to the next two or three years.”

Adams also coaches four times a week with the club’s Futures Academy at Mortimer Community College as he helps to develop the next generation of footballers.

The former Sunderland, Coventry City and Notts County player was not short of suitors when he joined Shields in 2018, but now looks back on his decision to sign as one of the best he has made.

He added: “The club has definitely lived up to and exceeded any expectations I had.

“I knew it was ambitious before I came in and I thoroughly enjoyed last season, although it was a massive disappointment to just miss out on promotion.

“This season has been another great one to be involved in and our goal is to win the league this time, so hopefully we can achieve that.

“There are also excellent plans for the club moving forward and I want to be a part of that.

“It has definitely surpassed expectations so far and that’s one of the biggest reasons I’m so excited to have signed a new contract.

“The club is so ambitious and has an exciting future, and I’m excited to see how big it can be.”

South Shields joint manager Graham Fenton said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have Blair at the club for at least the next two years and possibly longer.

“He has been absolutely magnificent from the moment he stepped through the door here.

“He shows real professionalism and leadership in and around the dressing room and during games, and we’re very lucky to have him on board with us.”