Sanmi Odelusi joins Mariners

Sanmi Odelusi joins Mariners

The club is delighted to announce the signing of exciting forward Sanmi Odelusi on an initial deal until January.

A player with much Football League experience, Odelusi has previously played for the likes of Bolton Wanderers, Milton Keynes Dons, Coventry City, Wigan Athletic and Blackpool.

The 26-year-old was most recently with Halifax Town in the National League, and has now linked up with the Mariners as they aim to strengthen their position at the top of the BetVictor Northern Premier Division.

Odelusi said: “I’m delighted to be here.

“I’ve seen the style of football that the boys play and I know Myles Boney from our time together at Blackpool.

“He’s a good goalkeeper and he spoke well about the tactics the boys play, so that’s what really nailed it for me.”

Odelusi has vowed to bring an insatiable work ethic to Mariners Park and is aiming to hit the ground running and help the team with goals.

However, with the Mariners on a five-match winning run in the league, the forward is not expecting to be handed a starting berth straightaway.

He added: “It’s a good situation to come into, but at the same time the boys are winning so it’s not like I expect to be thrown straight into the team.

“It doesn’t happen like that in football.

“I want to work hard to prove that I deserve a starting place.”

South Shields joint manager Graham Fenton said: “Myself, Lee (Picton) and Brian (Smith) are delighted to have signed Sanmi until the start of January at least.

“Sanmi is a powerful, pacey forward player who is very strong at running with the ball and is a good finisher as well.

“He has gained lots of league experience over the past few years, which I’m sure will hold him in good stead for playing at our level.

“Although he hasn’t played much recently, we’re hoping that he hits the ground running and makes an immediate impact.

“His arrival gives us lots of options up front now, with Jason Gilchrist coming back from injury and the likes of Lee Mason and David Foley now available again.

“There is a lot of competition for places at the top end of the pitch, which is great for the team.

“We’re hoping Sanmi will settle quickly and that will be helped by the fact he knows Myles Boney well from their time together at Blackpool.”