Our summer recruitment drive continued on Wednesday as Michael Woods joined Mackenzie Heaney and Martin Smith in committing his future to the club.

After the 32-year-old midfielder put pen to paper, we take a look through some of the key moments of his career to date.

  • Michael Woods was born on April 6th, 1990 in York
  • His family have strong football heritage, with grandfather Alan Woods playing for Tottenham Hotspur, Swansea City and York City, and uncle Neil Woods representing clubs including Rangers, Ipswich Town and Bradford City
  • Woods began in the youth set-up at Leeds United, where his team-mates included future England internationals Danny Rose and Fabian Delph
  • His talent caught the attention of a number of high-profile clubs, with Chelsea securing the services of the 16-year-old in 2006
  • Woods made two senior appearances for Chelsea, the first of which saw him become the fourth-youngest player in the club’s history, aged 16 years and 275 days. He appeared as a substitute in place of Frank Lampard
  • His progress was hindered by a number of injuries at Stamford Bridge
  • Woods did though make his mark on the international stage, representing England at the Under-17 World Cup and playing for his country at Under-16, Under-17, Under-19 and Under-20 level
  • After a loan spell with Notts County, the midfielder had short permanent stints with Doncaster Rovers and Harrogate Town as he started to find his feet in the senior game
  • It was at then-National League North side Harrogate Town that Woods began to establish himself, with a one-and-a-half year spell yielding 37 appearances and nine goals
  • His form with Harrogate earned him a move back to the Football League with Hartlepool United
  • Woods truly found a home at Hartlepool, spending four-and-a-half years with the club, the first three of which were in League Two
  • He made more than 150 appearances for Pools and was a regular in the side before moving back to Harrogate in November 2018
  • The following season was spent with another National League outfit, Dover Athletic, and Woods then moved onto hometown club York in the summer of 2020
  • Woods has spent the last two seasons attempting to help York win promotion from National League North and he was successful in that pursuit, with the Minstermen triumphing in the play-off final last month
  • He will now be looking to bring his considerable experience to South Shields after opting not to remain with York

We are delighted to confirm the signing of midfielder Michael Woods, who is our third addition of the summer.

Woods helped York City to promotion from National League North last season and brings a wealth of experience to 1st Cloud Arena.

He spent time as an Academy player with Leeds United and Chelsea, and made two senior appearances for the London giants during his four-year spell at Stamford Bridge.

Stints with Notts County, Yeovil Town, Doncaster Rovers and Harrogate Town followed, before Woods established himself during a four-and-a-half year period with Hartlepool United, where he made more than 150 appearances.

Woods returned to Harrogate in 2018 and moved to Dover Athletic a year later, but the lure of hometown club York brought him back north in 2020 and a two-year stay yielded promotion when the Minstermen triumphed in last month’s play-off final.

A new challenge now awaits the 32-year-old, who said: “I’m buzzing to have signed for South Shields and can’t wait to get going.

“These things can happen quite quickly in football and once I’d had a conversation with the people in charge, the ambition of the club was pretty clear.

“I only live 15 or 20 minutes down the road and I’m well aware of the misfortune the club had during the pandemic, so there’s a score to settle and hopefully next season we can go one step further.

“I firmly believe this club has everything it takes to go all the way to the Football League in terms of facilities, and it is already backed by a brilliant fanbase.”

South Shields manager Kevin Phillips said: “Michael is another brilliant signing for the club and we’re very pleased to have secured his signature.

“He is an experienced, quality player who has played at a very good level for a long time, and this is a massive coup for us.

“I can’t wait to get working with him, particularly because of the leadership qualities he has already demonstrated in the conversations I’ve had with him.

“Michael has real passion for the game and his first words to me were, ‘let’s get going!’, which is exactly the attitude we are looking for as we continue to mould the squad.”

On his remaining plans for recruitment this summer, Phillips added: “I’m really happy with the business we’ve been able to do so far.

“The backing we’ve received from Geoff Thompson to bring these players in, and the support we’ve had behind the scenes in making it all happen, has been brilliant.

“We’ve already got three through the door and we’re looking to sign another three or four more to get us in the best possible shape for next season.”

You can purchase a season ticket to watch Michael and his new team-mates in every home league game of the 2022-23 campaign by clicking here.