Mariners sign Lee Connelly on loan from Sunderland

Mariners sign Lee Connelly on loan from Sunderland

South Shields have signed exciting forward Lee Connelly from Sunderland on a 28-day youth loan.

The 19-year-old, who has represented Scotland at youth levels, could make his debut for Shields in Saturday’s league game against Hyde United at Mariners Park.

Connelly joins fellow Sunderland youngster Jordan Hunter in making a loan switch to the Mariners.

He can play anywhere across the forward line and made his debut for the Black Cats’ first team in the EFL Cup last October.

South Shields joint manager Graham Fenton said: “We have watched Lee on a number of occasions and have been really impressed with him over the last 12 months.

“We have been particularly impressed with his work ethic, awareness of spaces and well-timed movements, as well as his finishing ability.

“He is a versatile forward who can play across all three front positions, and we’re delighted to bring him on board to bolster the squad in this early part of the season when we have so many games coming thick and fast.

“We really appreciate Sunderland AFC’s help over the past week in allowing us to take a couple of their bright young prospects on loan.”

Picture courtesy of Sunderland AFC.