Nathan Lowe has joined Darlington on loan for the rest of the season. 

Lowe asked to leave the club earlier this week and an agreement has been reached for the midfielder to spend the remainder of the campaign with the National League North side. 

South Shields manager Kevin Phillips said: “On Monday, Nathan came to see me and said he didn’t want to play for the club anymore. 

“He said he was disappointed he hadn’t played in the previous two games and felt his time at the club had come to an end. 

“It was disappointing and surprising to us that Nathan viewed things that way, but I’ve said from day one that we would never keep anyone at the club who doesn’t want to be here. 

“It was in the best interests of both parties that a resolution was found for Nathan to go out on loan for the rest of the season. 

“We wish him all the very best for his time at Darlington and thank him for everything he has contributed to the club.” 

South Shields FC is delighted to announce the signing of defender Brandon Taylor on an initial month-long loan from Darlington.

The former Sunderland prospect signed the paperwork to join the Mariners on Friday morning and is in contention to make his debut in the league fixture at Ashton United on Saturday.

Taylor has impressed Shields manager Graham Fenton with his performances on numerous occasions in recent seasons, most notably when lining up for Sunderland’s Under-23s.

The 22-year-old spent 12 years on the books of the Black Cats and appeared for the first-team in the Emirates FA Cup and EFL Trophy before his departure in the summer of 2021.

After signing for Darlington in August, his journey now takes him to 1st Cloud Arena and he has described his excitement at the move.

Taylor – able to play at right-back or centre-back – said: “I’m over the moon to be here.

“I know how big the club is and how big the fanbase is, and I’m also well aware about the ambition of the club and where it wants to go, which is very exciting.

“I’m really happy to be part of that now and just want to help the club get where it wants to be and deserves to be.

“This very much feels like the right place for me and as soon as I got the chance to come here I took it with both hands. I can’t wait to get started.”

Taylor was a team-mate of Jordan Hunter at Sunderland, and his fellow defender sung the praises of the club to the new arrival when he was considering the loan switch.

Ironically, Taylor made his senior Sunderland debut in the EFL Trophy in November 2018 when he came on as a substitute for Hunter.

Another debut is now in his sights as he readies himself for the challenge at Hurst Cross on Saturday and his new manager, Graham Fenton, is pleased to have him on board.

Fenton said: “We’re delighted to welcome Brandon to the club.

“We’ve been looking for defensive cover for quite a few weeks and when Brandon became available we jumped at the chance to bring him in.

“I’ve watched Brandon play for Sunderland’s Under-23s numerous times in the past few years and have been impressed with him at right-back and centre-back.

“He has huge potential that hopefully we can unlock over the period he’s with us.

“We’re really looking forward to working with him.”

Goalkeeper Myles Boney and midfielder Nathan Lowe have joined Darlington on loan from South Shields.

The pair have penned month-long deals at Blackwell Meadows, with the Mariners currently unable to play matches or train together due to national coronavirus restrictions.

Darlington’s National League North season is continuing during the national lockdown, meaning Boney and Lowe will be given an opportunity to compete for game-time over the next month.

They are the fourth and fifth Shields players to complete temporary moves to National League North sides, with Blair Adams and Dillon Morse currently at Gateshead, and Jason Gilchrist at York City.

We wish Myles and Nathan well for their loan spells and look forward to seeing them back in Shields colours at the earliest opportunity.