David Foley signs

By Daniel Prince

South Shields Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of David Foley, subject to international clearance.

The 28-year-old holds the distinction of being Hartlepool United’s youngest-ever player, having made his senior debut in 2003, aged 16 years and 105 days.

The forward, who was born in South Shields, went on to make more than 100 appearances for Pools, before making the switch to Puerto Rico Islanders in 2010.

The Caribbean-based club play in the American leagues, and while there, Foley won the CFU Club Championship twice, as well as the USSF Division Two Professional League.

david foleyHe moved to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in 2013, but left the Florida-based outfit last year after struggling with injury.

Foley has since moved back to his hometown, and jumped at the chance to sign for the Mariners.

He said: “I’m very happy to have joined South Shields, and pleased to be getting back involved in football.

“I had to take a year out because of an injury, but everything is good now and I’m confident again.

“When I was approached by the club, it was perfect timing.

“I had just played football again and was debating whether to get back into the game, and this opportunity sounded perfect. It was like fate.

“For it to be my hometown club, as well, is fantastic, and with the direction the club is going in, it’s definitely something I want to be a part of.”

Picture Credit: Frank Reid/Hartlepool Mail

Picture Credit: Frank Reid/Hartlepool Mail

Arguably the finest moment of Foley’s time at Hartlepool came in 2009, when a stunning long-range strike sealed a 2-0 FA Cup giant-killing over Premier League side Stoke City.

He was convinced to move to Mariners Park after speaking with manager Jon King and chairman Geoff Thompson, and insists he sees this as a ‘long-term’ project for himself at the club.

The forward added: “I’ve just turned 28, and I’m thinking very much of the long-term at this club.

“After hearing what Jon and Geoff have had to say, this could really be a club that is going places, and it will be down to the players and staff from day one to get things right.

“There will be pressure on us from day one, because every team is going to want to beat us and every player is going to want to play for us, so there will be pressure there to keep your shirt.

“Our aim next season is definitely to win promotion, and that’s a good pressure.

“Looking at the players who have been signed so far, it looks like we’re getting a good group of lads here who are winners or have won elsewhere, and a lot of leaders.

“If we have a good group, and we combine that with the ambition of the club, it genuinely could happen.”

david foleyManager King said: “David is another fantastic signing for us, and we’ve beaten off a lot of strong competition to get him.

“He is a player with massive pedigree, so we’re delighted to have him on board.

“David understands the challenge that is ahead of him here, and he wants to be a part of that at his hometown club.

“He is another player who ticks all of the boxes for us in terms of his quality and the fact he is local, so we couldn’t be happier to have signed him.”

To read a factfile on Shields’ latest signing, click here: In Profile – David Foley

*You can watch an extended video interview with David later on Friday on Mariners TV*

You can see David and his new team-mates in action 21 times in the league next season at Mariners Park by purchasing a season ticket! For enquiries, please call 0191 537 2633, and for full details, follow the link: Season tickets – 2015-16