Striker Luke Sullivan completes move to Mariners

Striker Luke Sullivan completes move to Mariners

South Shields FC is delighted to announce the signing of striker Luke Sullivan.

Luke joins the Mariners from Consett, where he enjoyed a goal-laden five-year spell.

He was the Steelmen’s top goalscorer last season with 34, including one in the 3-3 draw with Shields on the opening day of the league campaign.

In all, he scored 136 goals in 206 games for his hometown club, and has now spoken of his excitement as he steps up to the Evo-Stik League First Division North with the Mariners.

The 27-year-old said: “I’m really happy to have joined the club.

“South Shields is a club going in the right direction on and off the field, and I’m really excited about being a part of that.

“It feels good to be here and I’m over the moon to have got it sorted.

“When I heard about the interest, it was a no-brainer for me.

“South Shields are moving up to a higher level and as a player, you want to be playing at the highest level possible.

“It’s going to be a challenge, but if I work hard in training I’m confident I’ll be able to establish myself here. It’s a fantastic opportunity for me.”

Luke joined Consett from Tow Law Town in 2012, and initially played as a right-back.

However, his talents further up the field quickly became apparent, and he established himself as a regular goalscorer.

In his debut campaign, he scored 13 times, and followed that up with 43 goals in 2013-14.

The following season saw him notch 28 goals, with 18 netted the next campaign as he broke through the 100 barrier in less than four years.

Last season saw him score 34 times – including 28 in Northern League Division One – and provide 10 assists as Consett finished seventh in the table.

He was part of the Steelmen side beaten 1-0 at Mariners Park in April as Shields closed in on the league title, and that experience has whetted the appetite of the frontman.

He added: “South Shields won almost every game towards the end of the season, and have achieved great things over the last two years.

“I played against them last season and it was hard work, as they’re an excellent team.

“The game at Mariners Park gave me a great eye-opener to the set-up there, which is really professional, and I can’t wait to be part of that now.

“To leave my hometown club is a bit of a wrench, because I’ve made great friends at Consett and had a lot of good times there.

“Sometimes you’ve got to look after yourself though and show some ambition to play at a higher level, which is why I’ve joined South Shields.”

Picture by Gary Welford.