By Daniel Prince
South Shields have completed the signing of goalkeeper Jake Cunningham.
The 23-year-old has returned to the club, having played for the Mariners in the 2011-12 season.
In the video below, former Gretna, St Mirren, Blyth Spartans and Newcastle Benfield stopper Cunningham discusses his move back to Shields.
Cunningham will provide competition for Steven Hubery in goal for Shields.
Hubery is set to be out for up to a month with a broken toe.
In his first spell with Shields, Cunningham made 16 appearances in all competitions – 15 of which were starts – and kept two clean sheets.
Manager Jon King is delighted to have captured the goalkeeper.
He said: “We had Jake a couple of years ago. He’s a good keeper and a good lad.
“He knows the club, knows the chairman and knows some of the players. It’s great to have him back.
“He’s got First Division experience and we lost him a couple of years ago to Newcastle Benfield, so I’m over the moon to have Jake back on a short-term basis to begin with.
“Steven Hubery has broken his toe, so we’ve got Jake in short-term, but hopefully he will want to come in full-time.
“In the past, he has had problems with his work on a Saturday, but hopefully he can get that resolved and come in full-time because you need two goalkeepers.”