The club can confirm the departure of Conor Tee by mutual consent.

Tee joined the Mariners in the summer of 2021 and made 36 appearances in all competitions, scoring six goals.

South Shields manager Kevin Phillips said: “We have had several conversations with Conor over the summer over our plans for the squad and bringing players in.

“Conor is a great lad with lots of good attributes, but he had a limited amount of game-time under me last season and I couldn’t guarantee him an increased amount of minutes next season.

“He wants to play football and I agreed that if he found a suitable club, we would be happy for him to talk with them and move on, which he has done.

“Conor’s attitude has been excellent throughout the time I’ve known him and we of course thank him for his efforts with the club. We wish him all the very best for his future.”

Conor Tee has told of the excitement in the South Shields camp ahead of Saturday’s meeting with in-form Warrington Town.

It’s fifth against third at Cantilever Park as the Mariners make the trip to Cheshire for Kevin Phillips’ first game as manager.

The reverse fixture saw Shields seal a 3-2 win in September, but Warrington have lost just one of their last 14 games to move into the play-off positions under Mark Beesley, who was appointed manager two months ago.

Tee feels the Mariners’ mindset will be key this weekend.

He said: “Everyone is ready for the challenge of Saturday.

“We know what we need to do and what the task is.

“From playing them earlier in the season, we know it’s going to be a tough game.

“We’ll have to be on our A game but if we go there with the right mindset, there’s no reason we can’t win the three points.

“Training has been really positive and everyone is on board.

“There is a good morale in the group and hopefully that will help us to three points.”

Tee was in Leicester’s youth ranks while his new manager Phillips was a first-team coach at King Power Stadium.

Phillips will meet the Shields squad for the first time on Thursday ahead of overseeing training, and Tee is looking forward to the challenges which lie ahead.

He added: “Everyone is excited to get to know him.

“It will be interesting to find out how he wants us to play and what his ambitions are.

“I didn’t really come into too much contact with him at Leicester but I remember seeing him around the building and it will be nice to see a familiar face.

“His career speaks for itself and he’ll be someone we can all learn from.”

Tee was also quick to praise Graham Fenton, who was relieved of his first-team management duties on Sunday.

He said: “We’ll always appreciate everything Graham did for us, and on a personal note I’ll always be grateful to him for bringing me to the club.

“I can’t thank him enough for everything he did for us.

“We’re third in the league and Graham has been a massive part of that.

“All the players appreciate what he did and wish him nothing but good luck for the future.”

South Shields returned to winning ways as they came from behind to comfortably beat Gainsborough Trinity 3-1 at 1st Cloud Arena on Saturday.

Conor Tee registered a goal and two assists to help the Mariners turn the game around after Alex Wollerton had fired the visitors into an early lead.

Tee’s cross was headed home by Will McGowan just before the midway point in the first half to bring Shields back on level terms and he turned from provider to goalscorer on 51 minutes, cannoning a strike into the top corner from the right of the area.

JJ Hooper tapped in on his home debut from a Tee pass to complete the scoring as the hosts moved level on points with Matlock Town at the top of the Pitching In Northern Premier League.

The Mariners had been out of action for two weeks leading into this fixture and were looking for a fast start, with McGowan, Hooper and Cedric Main introduced to the starting line-up in place of Robert Briggs and suspended duo Dan Martin and Darius Osei.

It was the away side which came out of the blocks the quicker, though, and they went ahead on five minutes as a dangerous corner broke to Wollerton on the edge of the box and he struck a low effort beyond Myles Boney.

Shields found their feet as the half grew on. A brilliant delivery by Tee just evaded Hooper, who was closing in on goal, and it was not long until they found the breakthrough.

It arrived on 21 minutes when another fantastic cross by Tee found its way to McGowan at the far post, and he guided a header which gave Matt Yates no chance in the Gainsborough goal.

A mix up between Boney and Nathan Lowe almost allowed Trinity to regain their advantage soon after. Brad Grayson stole the ball away from Lowe, but Boney brilliantly kept out his effort with his feet.

Hooper was a bright spark on his first start for the Mariners and almost registered his first goal for the club 10 minutes before half-time when a wonderful piece of chest control opened up space for a powerful shot, but Yates pushed it to safety.

On the stroke of half-time, the visitors came within inches of retaking the lead. A free-kick from the left by Joe Wilson which appeared to be intended as a cross evaded everyone and skimmed past the far post.

Only moments after the break, Main almost produced a special goal for Shields. A magnificent solo attempt saw Main conjure a shooting chance for himself, but Yates just denied the forward.

Shields continued their early pressure in the second half, and it paid off as Tee gave the Mariners the lead with a powerful effort. He had plenty of space on the right of the box to set himself, and he powered the ball off the crossbar and into the net.

Toby Gould had an opportunity to bring the scores level again, but his strike from the edge of the area cleared the crossbar and only moments later, the Mariners extended their lead.

Hooper marked his home debut with a goal as Tee squared the ball to the number nine after being played in down the right, and all he had to do was tap into an empty net.

Gainsborough came close to halving their deficit when Grayson fired a powerful volley towards goal, but Boney somehow tipped the effort behind for a corner.

The second half proved to be a feisty affair at times but Shields kept their composure to see the game out and claim a welcome three points.

They return to action next Saturday when they travel to Stafford Rangers in the league.

South Shields: Boney, Adams (c), Kempster, Ross, Morse, Bodenham, Tee, McGowan (Briggs 68), Hooper, Lowe, Main (Jenkins 83). Subs: Steavens, Shaw, Hodgson.

Goals: McGowan (21), Tee (51), Hooper (69).

Attendance: 1,836.

Image: Kev Wilson.