The club can confirm the departure of striker Jordan Annear.

South Shields joint manager Graham Fenton said: “We agreed to bring Jordan in over a short period of a month to assess if he was the player we were looking for up top.

“We feel he just fell slightly short of what we need, but he was fantastic to have around the club and we are sure he will have a bright future in the game.

“We wish him all the best moving forwards.”

Annear made six appearances for the Mariners, scoring once.

South Shields progressed to the second round of the Integro Cup with a comfortable 4-0 win at Tadcaster Albion on Tuesday.

Lee Mason fired the Mariners into a first half lead which they stretched in the second half with strikes from Jason Gilchrist, Robert Briggs and Jordan Annear.

Shields handed first starts to goalkeeper Ross Coombe and striker Annear at the i2i Stadium, and they were part of a strong line-up as five changes were made to the team which won 2-1 at Matlock Town three days earlier.

They started on the front foot, where they would stay for the remainder of the first round tie.

The Mariners almost took the lead as early as the fifth minute as a free-kick from deep on the right by Adam Thurston hit the leg of home goalkeeper Aaron Burn and fizzed to Gilchrist, who diverted the ball inches past the post.

Thurston and Annear also had efforts at goal before the Mariners opened the scoring on 25 minutes.

Briggs collected the ball in midfield and sprayed a tremendous ball forward which Mason controlled on his chest before rifling into the top corner via the crossbar.

Shields had a number of opportunities in the latter stages of the half, but were unable to add to the scoring.

Dillon Morse was denied at point-blank range by Burn after a Briggs corner fell to him and a goalbound effort from Mason was deflected wide after impressive work on the right by Jordan Hunter.

The visitors would have to wait until the 56th minute to extend their advantage.

The goal arrived following a well-worked move from left to right which concluded as Annear played the ball across the area to Gilchrist, who slammed it into the roof of the net from close range.

Shields suffered a blow soon after that as a hamstring injury forced Gilchrist’s withdrawal, but his replacement Millenic Alli had a superb impact from the bench as the tie was put to bed.

He won a penalty within a minute of being brought on as he beat his man brilliantly on the left and was then fouled in the area, and although Burn got a hand to Briggs’ spot-kick, he could not prevent it squeezing past him and into his right-hand corner.

Marcel Chigumira could have pulled a goal back for the home side within two minutes of that, but Coombe was on hand to deny him with his legs.

Shields continued to play some fine football and almost earned another reward as some fine play by Annear played in Briggs, who tremendously beat his man before forcing a decent stop from Burn.

The fourth goal to conclude proceedings arrived seven minutes before the end as Alli produced some superb skill to beat a defender on the right of the box before showing impressive composure to play the ball to Annear, who slotted home for his first goal in a Shields shirt.

The Mariners will look to continue their winning momentum when they host Basford United on Saturday in the league.

SOUTH SHIELDS: Coombe, Hunter, Charlton, Shaw (c) (Wokoma 72), Morse, Briggs, Thurston (Turnbull 51), Baxter, Gilchrist (Alli 64), Mason, Annear. Subs not used: Boney, Gillies.

Goals: Mason (25), Gilchrist (56), Briggs (pen 66), Annear (83).

Attendance: 212.

WORDS: Daniel Prince. IMAGE: Bob Scott.

South Shields Football Club are delighted to announce the signing of striker Jordan Annear.

The 22-year-old, from Truro, Cornwall, most recently enjoyed a goal-laden spell with Plymouth Parkway in the Western League.

Annear’s previous clubs include Porthleven, Newquay and Falmouth, and he attracted significant interest during the summer.

He won the South West Peninsula League golden boot after notching 43 times in the 2017-18 season, and scored almost a century of goals in just over 100 appearances for Falmouth.

Last season saw him score 19 times in 17 games for Plymouth Parkway as they finished second in the Western League, and he came to Shields’ attention in the summer when he impressed in two trial matches.

After spending time to deliberate his next move, Annear has decided his future lies at Mariners Park.

He said: “I’ve been speaking to Lee (Picton) and Graham (Fenton) all the way through the summer and came to the conclusion that this would be a good place for me to kick on and try to get better.

“Before I came here I had a couple of other options on the table.

“I just wanted to make the correct decision and I feel like this is the place to be.

“It’s quite a long way away from home but sometimes you have to make sacrifices to try to better yourself.

“Every year I’ve stepped up leagues to try to better myself and now this opportunity has come up for me.

“My main aim has always been to play as high as I possibly can.

“I’ve had really good chats with Lee and he has explained the ambitions of the club, which are the same as mine.”

Annear trained with his new team-mates for the first time on Friday and is available for selection in Saturday’s league game against Bamber Bridge at Mariners Park.

South Shields joint manager Lee Picton said: “We’re delighted to bring Jordan into the group.

“We’ve seen him play with our own eyes and for a young player, he has a good well-rounded skill set for a centre forward and ticks a lot of boxes that we are looking for.

“He has had quite a bit of interest from Football League clubs as well as clubs further up the non-league pyramid during the summer, but we have been patient and waited for our opportunity.

“Thankfully the opportunity to bring him into the squad has now come and we are really looking forward to seeing him hopefully score many goals for us moving forward.”