Jon Shaw extends playing contract with South Shields
Jon Shaw has extended his playing stint with South Shields into a sixth season after signing a new one-year contract with an option for a further 12 months.
Shaw will combine his playing duties with his role as joint assistant manager in 2021-22 after becoming part of Graham Fenton’s backroom staff in November 2020.
The experienced campaigner has made 183 appearances for the Mariners since joining in the summer of 2016 and has previously spoken of his desire to play until the age of 40.
He will turn 38 in November but the former Gateshead, Luton Town and Burton Albion man is determined to demonstrate there is plenty of life in his playing career yet.
Shaw said: “I’m really happy to have signed another extension to my playing contract at the club. As everyone knows, I have no desire to stop playing anytime soon.
“With the continued improvements to the squad, the ground and the club, we have a big year in front of us and I can’t wait to be a part of that on the pitch as much as I am off it.
“I read a piece with Graeme Armstrong recently who said that a lot of players had been robbed of the final year or so of their careers because of the Covid situation.
“A lot of people hung their boots up after such a tough year of mainly not playing but that article with Graeme really motivated me personally.
“I want what has happened to actually go the other way for me and prolong my career, because I haven’t had to put in the hard yards on the pitch as much and my body is fully prepared to go again.
“I worked really hard during lockdown to stay fit and if anything get even fitter and stronger. I feel ready to go.”
Shaw is joined in Fenton’s backroom team by fellow joint assistant manager Brian Smith, goalkeeping coach Phil Naisbett and physiotherapist Andrew Morris.
He admits combining playing with coaching presents different challenges and a new perspective, but he is raring to go heading into the new campaign and has praised his team-mates for their efforts in pre-season so far.
Shaw added: “It’s a very strange dynamic for me because I’ve been in coaching for almost eight years but I’ve never coached the same set of players I’m playing alongside.
“Having everything just focused with our first-team is fantastic.
“I’m really enjoying working with Graham, Brian, Andy and Phil and the lads have been fantastic in buying into everything we’re doing.”