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Lee Picton delighted with capture of striker Graeme Armstrong

Joint manager Lee Picton is confident Graeme Armstrong will prove to be an invaluable addition to the squad at South Shields – on and off the pitch.

Striker Armstrong completed a move to Mariners Park from Spennymoor Town on Friday.

He could make his debut for the club in the Evo-Stik North trip to Ramsbottom United on Saturday having met his new team-mates for the first time at training on Thursday.

Picton feels the former Darlington, Whitby Town and Blyth Spartans frontman will provide the Mariners with a vital additional option in attack.

He said: “We’re delighted to bring Graeme to the club.

“He brings a wealth of experience and know-how of this level and provides us with different options to the ones we currently have at the top end of the pitch.

“What we’re particularly looking forward to seeing is the added leadership and physical presence that Graeme will bring to the side, along with his proven goalscoring record at this level.”

Armstrong is the first senior arrival at Mariners Park since the season started, with the management team having taken their time to identify any suitable recruits.

Picton is convinced the decision to bring in the 34-year-old will reap dividends.

He added: “We’ve had a stable dressing room over the last 12 months.

“We’ve had lots of opportunities to bring other players to the club, but resisted the temptation to do so when they weren’t better than those we already had, or wouldn’t add something extra to the squad.

“What we’ve been looking for is not only a special player on the pitch, but a personality that would mirror the qualities that we’ve worked so hard to develop.

“We feel that Graeme undoubtedly has the right attributes within his personality to fit perfectly into what we’re trying to achieve.”