SSFC Academy graduate Will McCamley has rejoined the club on loan from Huddersfield Town.
The 19-year-old has penned a deal until January at 1st Cloud Arena and will link up with the first-team squad.
McCamley earned a move to SkyBet Championship side Huddersfield with his stellar performances for Shields’ Academy, where he was nurtured between 2017 and 2019.
The winger’s displays in the club’s run to the second round of the FA Youth Cup in the 2018-19 season particularly caught the eye, and he now has an opportunity to make his mark at first-team level with the Mariners.
Shields joint manager Lee Picton said: “We know Will very well from our time overseeing the academy and he was always someone we were keen to keep a careful eye on moving forwards.
“When the opportunity came to bring him in on loan we felt he would give us an added really interesting option in a wide area.
“Personality-wise, we know Will will be a really good fit for our dressing room and club, and we really look forward to him putting on a Shields shirt again and being an eye-catching player for the fans to watch.”
McCamley will now hope to enjoy his first taste of senior football with the Mariners, having been an unused substitute in an Emirates FA Cup tie against Garforth Town in September 2018.
He joined Hyde United on loan in March but was quickly recalled by Huddersfield when the coronavirus pandemic spiralled, before he was able to make an appearance.
The club would like to thank Catalyst Professional Sports Management for their assistance with this deal.
An impressive young Huddersfield Town side won 2-0 at Mariners Park on Wednesday as South Shields continued their preparations for the new season.
The Terriers included former Shields academy winger Will McCamley in their starting line-up, with the game having been arranged following the teenager’s move to Yorkshire at the end of last season.
It was the Mariners who created the first opportunity of the night, but Lee Mason headed over from a Josh Gillies free-kick.
McCamley made his first impact on the game soon after as he drove down the wing and knocked the ball in for Kit Elliott, who could only divert it over from close range.
In the 10th minute, though, Elliott did get on the scoresheet after he converted a penalty following a foul by Shields midfielder Phil Turnbull in the box.
The Mariners responded well to falling behind and some good interplay between Blair Adams and Gillies led to a cross into the box which David Foley was just unable to get on the end of.
Luke Daly sent an effort over for Shields early in the second half, but the hosts were fortunate not to fall further behind when Tom Bell’s shot was cleared off the line by Adams.
Sam Sharrock-Peplow made it 2-0 with 14 minutes remaining and although the Mariners had some efforts from distance in the closing stages, they were unable to find a way through.
They will continue their pre-season programme on Thursday when they make the short trip to Boldon CA to compete for the Sam Bartram Memorial Trophy.
SOUTH SHIELDS: Steavens, Daly (Wokoma 75), Adams, Shaw (c) (Brown 75), Morse, Turnbull (Thompson 75), Thurston (Briggs 75), Lowe (Guy 75), Foley (Alli 75), Mason (Trialist 75), Gillies.
South Shields continue their pre-season preparations with a home game against a Huddersfield Town XI on Wednesday.
The match was arranged after teenage winger Will McCamley left the Mariners to join Huddersfield earlier this summer.
The Terriers are expected to send a youthful side, featuring McCamley, to Mariners Park for Shields’ third game in a week.
They kicked off their pre-season programme with a 2-0 defeat to Sunderland last Thursday before beating Cleethorpes Town 2-1 in the Jak Fada Memorial Trophy on Saturday.
Joint manager Graham Fenton is looking forward to welcoming back McCamley, who played for Shields’ academy between 2017 and 2019.
He said: “Will did exceptionally well for us and got himself a move to Huddersfield, so he’ll be coming back to play and he’ll be wanting to do well.
“We’re looking forward to it.
“We did some work with the group in training on Monday, because we know there are improvements to be made from Saturday.
“The lads are in the right frame of mind and it’s another important game for us as we prepare for the season.”
Goals from Lee Mason and Josh Gillies secured the Mariners’ first win of pre-season on Saturday as they came from behind to defeat Cleethorpes.
Fenton is looking for more from his side against Huddersfield.
He added: “It was a little bit flat at times (on Saturday), but we’re only a couple of weeks into pre-season so you sometimes get that.
“We’ve got quite a few weeks until the start of the season to get fitter, sharper and brighter, but one of the main goals for us on Saturday was to get our first win under our belts and we did that.
“We played some decent stuff at times and I thought the movements up top were bright.
“We moved them about and they looked really tired towards the end, so it was a good workout.”
Kick-off at Mariners Park is at 7.30pm and admission – which can be paid at the turnstiles – is £6 for adults, £4 for students and over-65s, and £2 for under-16s.