Dan Wright has joined Whitley Bay on loan for the rest of the season.
The 21-year-old recently returned to Mariners Park from a one-month spell at Newton Aycliffe, and has now linked up with their Northern League Division One rivals.
Wright joined South Shields last summer after enjoying an earlier loan spell with the club during his time at Sunderland.
He has made 19 appearances for the Mariners, scoring once, and is also one of the club’s Project EFL ambassadors, regularly visiting schools in South Tyneside with team-mates Blair Adams, Ursene Mouanda and Carl Finnigan.
The deal to take Wright to Hillheads is until the end of the season, although the club reserves the right to recall the midfielder at any point after 28 days have passed, if required.
Shields joint manager Lee Picton said: “Dan has been out of the side for a number of weeks and we feel a regular run of games will help to lift his confidence and sharpness levels to the point that he can realistically fight for his place in the starting 11 here at South Shields.
“Dan is an extremely talented and promising young player and one who we still believe has potentially a really strong future at the club.
“We would like to wish him all the best for his time at Whitley Bay, which we hope will prove to be a very productive loan period.”
Everyone at Mariners Park would like to wish Dan well and look forward to his return in the summer.
South Shields midfielder Daniel Wright has joined Newton Aycliffe on loan.
The former England Under-18 international has agreed to stay with the Northern League Division One outfit for a month.
Wright has made 15 appearances for the Mariners since joining following his release from Sunderland in the summer.
However, with game-time having been more difficult to come by over recent weeks, a loan spell was seen as the ideal solution for the midfielder to regain match fitness.
Wright made his debut for Newton Aycliffe in Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Guisborough Town in the Northern League, and played a big part in the winning goal.
We look forward to seeing Dan’s progress over the next month and welcoming him back in January.
South Shields players Blair Adams, Daniel Wright and Ursene Mouanda went back to school on Monday as they launched a new programme which will see the club engage more with its youngest supporters.
The trio were joined by SSFC Foundation manager Steve Camm as they visited Westoe Crown Primary School to answer questions from pupils and hand out tickets for Saturday’s game against Mickleover Sports at Mariners Park.
They also presented the school with a signed home shirt which will either be put on display at Westoe Crown or be auctioned to raise school funds.
This was the club’s first school visit and was a particularly poignant one, as avid Shields supporter Jak Fada – who tragically died a year ago at the age of 10 – attended Westoe Crown.
About 180 Year 5 and Year 6 pupils talked with the players for almost an hour as they asked a wide range of questions.
Blair said: “There were some interesting questions and some you really had to think about.
“We covered all areas, from what we’d want to do if we weren’t footballers to the best teams we’ve played against.
“It’s always good to go into places like that and for the children to be able to speak with us.
“We want to try to build our fanbase.
“We all know the targets the club has over the next few years.
“We want to keep pushing up the leagues, and coming in to see the children is the start of us trying to grow our fanbase.”
Each Year 5 and Year 6 pupil at the school received a free ticket for Saturday’s match against Mickleover, as well as one for a parent or guardian.
They have all been invited to take part in the club’s Matchday Play Park, which takes place on the 3G pitch at 1.30pm on the day of each Saturday home game, while 10 of them will walk onto the pitch with the teams ahead of the match and five of them will take part in a literacy project with The Word, National Centre for the Written Word, based on their matchday experience.
Daniel Wright said: “We came along to hand out tickets and talk to the pupils, because it would be great to have a lot more younger people at the games.
“Hopefully it will boost our crowds on Saturdays.
“There were some funny questions which got you thinking and we all really enjoyed it.
“It’s important we get more and more younger fans at the games, because it will build our crowds massively.”
Ursene said: “We came in to have a little talk to the children and try to encourage them to come along to our games.
“I really enjoyed it.
“A lot of the kids were quite sharp and funny, and there were some very good questions.
“I’ve not been in a primary school since I left, so it was good to go back to one and it brought back a lot of memories.
“It’s really important we put on a good performance on Saturday so the children have a good experience and want to come back week after week.”
The club’s second school visit will see them go to St Bede’s RC Primary and Nursery School on Wednesday.
Picture caption: Players Ursene Mouanda, Daniel Wright and Blair Adams present a signed South Shields shirt to Westoe Crown football team captains Jay Brown and Lillie Oliphant, along with PE co-ordinator and Year 6 teacher Kate Bramley.