By Daniel Prince

Gilberto Chapim is hoping yesterday’s winning goal against Seaham Red Star will kick-start his pre-season at South Shields.

Chapim scored in the 89th minute as the Mariners won 3-2 at Seaham Town Park on Thursday.

The midfielder – who did not score in his 61 competitive appearances in his first spell at the club – discusses his goal, and form, in the video above.

By Daniel Prince

Gilberto Chapim has told of his delight after agreeing to return to South Shields from Newcastle Benfield.

The midfielder, who played for the Mariners between 2011 and 2012, has fond memories of his first spell at the club.

And as he explains in the video above, the 23-year-old felt now was the right time to return to Mariners Park.

He also discusses his strengths as a player, his hopes for next season and why he is looking to ‘test himself’ in pre-season.

By Daniel Prince

Gilberto Chapim has become the latest player to commit to South Shields for the 2015-16 season, with the midfielder agreeing a return to the club from Newcastle Benfield.

The Angola-born 23-year-old played for Shields between 2011 and 2012, making 61 appearances for the Mariners.

The former Jarrow Roofing, Consett, Seaton Delaval and Walker Central player, who also had a spell playing professionally in Angola with Progresso AS, says a return to Mariners Park was something he could not turn down.

He said: “The reason why I made the decision to come back to South Shields was because, as everyone knows, I’ve played for the club before and I enjoyed my time here.

“When I got the phonecall, I thought about it, but it was really a chance that I couldn’t say no to, because I enjoyed my time at South Shields and I think it’s a great club with great facilities.

“It’s also a club, as we all know, which has big ambitions for the future, so that’s my reason.

“It was a bit of a tough choice to drop down to Division Two, but I think being happy at a club and being around good people is one of the most important things.

“No disrespect to the other clubs I have played for, but it just felt like it was the right choice and the right move to make.”

Chapim added: “My main memories of my first time at South Shields are of the fanbase.

“I really like the fans here, and I hope we get the same support we did four years ago.

“I really like the ground – I think it’s a very good ground – and the surface is nice and flat, so it’s very good.

“The club itself attracted me to come back, so here I am.”

*You can catch a full video interview with Gilberto later on Thursday on Mariners TV*

You can see Gilberto and his new team-mates in action 21 times in the league next season at Mariners Park by purchasing a season ticket! For enquiries, please call 0191 537 2633, and for full details, follow the link: Season tickets – 2015-16