Exciting forward who burst onto the scene at Mariners Park in the summer of 2017, just weeks after being released by Newcastle United.
Holmes had come through the ranks at St James’s Park, having joined the Magpies during the 2010-11 season from Newcastle East End.
He was tipped for a bright future in the professional game and made good progress, making his Newcastle Under-18s debut in August 2014, and hitting a hat-trick in a game against Arsenal a year later.
The Walkergate-based player then broke into the club’s Under-23s team despite his tender years, and amassed plenty of experience for the Magpies’ second string before surprisingly being released in June 2017.
A month later, he attended training with South Shields and was fielded as a trialist in a pre-season friendly with Gateshead.
He had options to remain in the professional game, but opted to accept a contract offer with the Mariners instead, and made an immediate impact as he impressed in EVO-STIK North.