South Shields Football Club is delighted to confirm the appointment of Andy Burgess as first-team recruitment manager.

Burgess previously occupied the same role at League Two club Mansfield Town following a playing career which saw him represent the likes of Rushden and Diamonds, Oxford United, Luton Town and England C.

He also had a playing stint at Mansfield, where his team-mates included current Shields joint assistant manager Jon Shaw.

The pair have remained in touch in the years since and when an opening presented itself at 1st Cloud Arena, Shaw was able to provide a glowing reference for the former midfielder.

Burgess has already made an impression in his new position, having presented Conor Tee as a possible signing to Shaw, manager Graham Fenton and joint assistant manager Brian Smith.

Tee became the Mariners’ first signing of the summer earlier this month after catching the eye in training and is an example of the kind of player Burgess is looking to identify as potential recruits.

Burgess – who has also served as Torquay United’s head of recruitment – believes he has joined Shields at an “exciting time”.

He said: “I’ve seen the progress of the club over recent years and it has been fantastic to see its profile rise in that time.

“The expectations around the club are big and I feel I’ve joined at a really exciting time.

“My role is to support the management team as much as possible and work with them to identify players who are a good fit for us and are ready to join the club and improve the squad.

“I’ve got a really good understanding of the type of player they’re looking for and the kind of squad they’re trying to build.

“The lines of communication have to be strong and I’m delighted with how things have started.”

Burgess recommended former Leicester City trainee Tee to the management team after his availability became clear.

He added: “I feel Conor is a huge signing for the club and he really ticks the boxes for us.

“He’s young, hungry and has been in a full-time environment before.

“He’s brave in possession, can play in a number of positions, has quality on the ball and is honest and hard-working, so I think he’ll be a really big player for the club this season.

“The fact he turned down Football League clubs because he didn’t want to play Under-23s football speaks volumes about him.

“Graham has given me a really strong indication of the type of players he wants to bring in, and they’ll mostly be of a similar ilk to Conor in terms of their mentality and their story.

“I’m confident there are going to be one or two really exciting things for the fans to think about heading into the new season.”

Manager Graham Fenton said: “We’re delighted to have acquired Andy’s services as recruitment manager.

“Jon Shaw introduced me to him and spoke very highly of him from their time together at Mansfield, where he also gained good experience in recruitment.

“I was immediately impressed with Andy and we’re looking forward to developing a really strong working relationship over the coming years.

“He made an immediate impact by bringing Conor Tee to our attention and if he can keep producing players of that quality for us, we’re going to be in a very strong position.”