Louis Storey has paid tribute to all involved with South Shields after leaving the club to join Hebburn Town.
Storey made the “difficult” decision to bring two-year spell at Mariners Park to an end on Friday when he completed a move to the Northern League Division One side.
The central defender or midfielder made 72 appearances for Shields and scored six goals.
After joining the Hornets, Storey said: “I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank everyone at South Shields FC.
“Since signing two years ago I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every minute of being a part of the football club and made some unbelievable memories.
“It was a difficult decision to leave the club after being involved in the success we have experienced in the last two seasons, and I have no doubt the club will go on and continue its success at the next level.
“It has been a absolute pleasure to work with the fantastic people who are involved right across the club.
“A special thanks to the top class playing squad and management team and the brilliant fans!
“I wish the club all the best in the future!”
Storey joined Shields in the summer of 2016 from Team Northumbria, having previously been with Newcastle United as a youngster.
He suffered a broken leg and ankle ligament damage during a game away to West Auckland in September 2016 but battled back to fitness and was back on the pitch towards the end of that season, helping the club win the Northern League, FA Vase, Northern League Cup and Durham Challenge Cup.
He was converted from central defence to central midfield during last season and played an important role in the club’s Evo-Stik North Division title win.
Everyone at Mariners Park would like to thank Louis for his superb efforts during the last two seasons and wishes him well for the future.