Gavin is a familiar face to regular Northern League watchers, having been a constant source of goals wherever he has been.

He moved to South Shields in the summer of 2016 after a hugely successful spell with Spennymoor Town, where he established himself as a club legend.

The forward scored the opening goal in their 2-1 FA Vase final victory over Tunbridge Wells at Wembley in 2013, and did the same in their Evo-Stik Division One North play-off final victory over Northwich Victoria three years later.

Pacy Gavin will be hoping to create new memories with Shields as he aims to have a similar impact at Mariners Park.

‘Titch’ was part of the Spennymoor side which won promotion from the Northern League in 2014, and set his sights on another title at Shields after joining the club in 2016.

Barrie has experienced glorious highs and real lows during his time at Mariners Park.

Capable of playing at right-back or in the centre of midfield, the 2015-16 season looks set to be his defining campaign.

For the second year running, he swept up in the club’s end-of-season awards, being voted the Supporters’, Players’ and Club’s Player of the Year.

His wholehearted and all-action displays, featuring marauding runs down the right flank and repeated shows of passion, won him a place in the hearts of all at Mariners Park.

He had been through so much before, that, though, including a relegation season and the club’s enforced move from Mariners Park to Peterlee.

Despite struggling at times with a groin problem, Barrie stuck with the club during its two-year spell in Peterlee – captaining the team for one period – and was rewarded for that loyalty when Shields came home in the summer of 2015.

He was one of the key figures in the 2015-16 Northern League Division Two title win, and continues to be as popular as ever at Mariners Park.