Shields complete signing of Sefton Gonzales

Shields complete signing of Sefton Gonzales

South Shields Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of striker Sefton Gonzales.

Gonzales – who was part of the Colne side which eliminated Shields from the Emirates FA Cup earlier this season – is available to make his debut in the New Year’s Day clash with Scarborough Athletic at Mariners Park.

The 27-year-old is an established player at this level and higher, having played for the likes of Chorley, Stockport County, Clitheroe, Droylsden and FC United previously.

He is eager to hit the ground running with the Mariners.

Gonzales said: “I’m very excited to be here.

“This is a club with a very professional outlook and I’m really looking forward to getting started.

“It’s a club that’s very much on the rise with a great fanbase and arguably the best facilities in the league, so this is a very exciting move for me.

“Hopefully I can help the club win promotion this season.”

Gonzales played alongside Shields striker Jason Gilchrist at FC United and midfielder Luke Daly at Droylsden, and has already enjoyed his first training session with his new team-mates.

The 6ft 5in frontman knew what to expect heading into his first training session after twice lining up against the Mariners for Colne in the FA Cup in September.

Those two games whetted Gonzales’ appetite.

He added: “I’m very attracted by the way the team plays.

“They’re a good passing side and very easy on the eye.

“I like to think I’m very good at holding the ball up, I’m fast so I can get in behind and I’m good in the air, so I’m confident I’ll fit in well here.”

South Shields joint manager Lee Picton said: “We are delighted with the addition of Sefton Gonzales to the squad.

“Sefton has established himself as a proven goalscorer and will bring a real physical presence to our frontline options with his fantastic pace, power and aerial ability.

“He has made the commitment to move up to the North East alongside some of our other players and we greatly look forward to seeing him develop into a fans’ favourite in the claret and blue colours, striking fear into opposition defences.”