Paul Woolston joins Mariners on loan from Newcastle United

Paul Woolston joins Mariners on loan from Newcastle United

Goalkeeper Paul Woolston has joined South Shields on loan from Newcastle United until the end of the season.

The highly-rated 19-year-old is in contention to make his debut for the Mariners in Saturday’s Evo-Stik North Division trip to Atherton Collieries.

Paul Woolston 2Woolston – who has represented England up to Under-18s level – had a similar spell at Blyth Spartans last season.

He spent six months with Blyth and was an almost ever-present as they comfortably won the Evo-Stik Premier Division on 101 points. Woolston also won the Northumberland Senior Cup during his time with the club.

The Washington-based stopper is regarded highly at Newcastle, having progressed through the ranks at St James’s Park.

He made his debut for the Magpies’ Under-21s side at the age of just 15 – and marked the occasion with a clean sheet in a victory over Manchester United. Woolston’s impressive performance caught the eye of then first-team manager Alan Pardew, who praised him afterwards.

The goalkeeper has also had short loan spells with Darlington and Gateshead in the past.

Woolston has regularly trained with Newcastle’s first-team, and will now be looking to continue his development at Mariners Park.

Welcome to the club, Paul!

Pictures courtesy of Serena Taylor/Newcastle United.