Factfile: Josh Doherty

Factfile: Josh Doherty

Josh Doherty will become South Shields’ sixth summer signing, subject to receiving FA and international clearance.

Ahead of the versatile left-sided player’s arrival, we take a closer look at the 26-year-old…

  • Josh Doherty was born on March 15th, 1996 in the town of Newtownards, Northern Ireland
  • He was in the youth system of Northern Irish side Ards until signing a scholarship with Watford as a 16-year-old in 2012
  • Near the end of his two-year scholarship, Doherty made his debut for the Hornets in a Championship match against Huddersfield Town in May 2014
  • Just days later, he signed his first professional contract with Watford, where he would stay for a further two years
  • Doherty’s deal at Vicarage Road ended in the summer of 2016, when he joined League Two club Leyton Orient
  • During this time, Doherty was also progressing in Northern Ireland’s youth set-up. He represented his country at Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 level
  • He spent just over six months at Leyton Orient, which included a loan spell with Altrincham
  • After his departure by mutual consent, Doherty returned to Northern Ireland to rejoin hometown club Ards on a short-term deal
  • A versatile left-footed player, he has played at left midfield, left-back and central midfield
  • Doherty came back to England after his stint with Ards as he signed for Crawley Town, where he was initially managed by Harry Kewell, his former Watford youth coach
  • It was at Crawley that Doherty built up the bulk of his senior experience, making just short of 100 appearances in a three-and-a-half-year spell
  • The last season of his time at Crawley featured a loan period at Colchester United, before Doherty had a short stint in the National League with Barnet in the 2021-22 campaign
  • In January 2022, Doherty signed a deal until the end of the season with NIFL Premiership club Portadown
  • He made 15 appearances for Portadown last season, helping the club avoid relegation from the top division via the play-offs
  • Doherty now returns to England with South Shields as he begins a new challenge in his career