South Shields FC can confirm that striker David Foley has decided to leave the club to join Spennymoor Town.
David was offered an attractive two-year contract to stay with South Shields on improved terms, and the club did everything within its reasonable power to keep him.
However, at this stage, the club felt it would not be financially viable to compete with the five-figure signing-on fee the player had been offered by what is now his new club.
To do so would break the financial structure currently in place at Mariners Park and potentially risk the club’s hopes of success in the long-term.
Losing a player of David’s quality is something we very much wished to prevent, but it ultimately proved to be unavoidable.
David himself has indicated that he would like the opportunity to compete at a higher level with Spennymoor in National League North, and we wish him well in his future endeavours.
We would also like to thank him for all of his terrific efforts over the last two years, and the role he has played in helping the club to back-to-back promotions, and five trophies.