South Shields FC is delighted to announce the signing of midfielder Nathan Lowe, subject to FA clearance.

Lowe, formerly of FC United of Manchester, Southport and Spennymoor Town, is highly thought of in the game and his signing is a real coup for the club.

He started his career with Burnley before making his first steps into the senior game with FC United, for whom he played against South Shields in a pre-season friendly last year.

The 22-year-old has spent all of his senior days so far in the National League North, and is excited about his new challenge.

Lowe watched his new team-mates from the stands as the Mariners defeated Gainsborough Trinity 1-0 on Saturday.

The central midfielder said: “I’m delighted to be here.

“It’s a massive club, and when I got the call it was a bit of a no-brainer to come here and play for this great club.

“The facilities are great, the pitch is outstanding and the team plays a fantastic style of football, which suits me.

“The managers have the same philosophy as me.

“I want to be in a footballing team which wants to play the right way.

“We’ve obviously got to mix it in these leagues because it’s tough physically, but the managers seem like footballing men and that suits me.”

Lowe has a reputation for scoring long range goals, having netted a number of stunners over recent seasons.

He is based in Wigan, but insists travelling will not be a problem.

He added: “It’s about two hours for me.

“I thought it was going to be longer and Saturday was my first time up.

“It’s do-able, and when the opportunity came to play for this club, travelling or no travelling I wanted to be here.

“I had to take this opportunity.”

Lowe was part of the FC United of Manchester team beaten 3-0 at Mariners Park last July.

It is a match which has stayed in his mind, and played a part in his decision to make the move.

He said: “We were battered 3-0.

“The team then was in the league below and they absolutely passed us off the park.

“Since then I’ve thought ‘wow, that club is going places’.

“When Lee (Picton) called, it was my main intention to come here.

“I really wanted to come and play for him and play for this club.”

Picture by Kev Wilson.