By Daniel Prince

Robert Briggs has told of his delight after completing a return to South Shields from Spennymoor Town – and feels the move was a “no-brainer”.

Midfielder Briggs started his Northern League career at Mariners Park before joining Gateshead as a teenager, and later played for the likes of Blyth Spartans, Shildon and West Auckland Town.

Now, the 23-year-old is looking forward to the challenge ahead at Shields, and says it was a “pretty easy decision” to rejoin the club.

Speaking after his first training session with his new team-mates, Briggs discusses his move to Mariners Park in the video above.

He also talks about his career so far, the challenge ahead, and the “incredible” support he is looking forward to enjoying again at Shields.

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South Shields Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of midfielder Robert Briggs from Spennymoor Town.

Briggs, 23, returns to the club he started his Northern League career with as a teenager, after a deal was reached with Spennymoor.

robert briggs south shieldsHe had started both of Spennymoor’s games so far this season in Evo-Stik First Division North, having joined the club from West Auckland in January.

His other former clubs include Gateshead, Blyth Spartans, Sunderland RCA and Shildon, and the goalscoring midfielder is delighted to have returned to Mariners Park.

Briggs said: “It’s great to be back at the club. I’ve got a lot of good memories from my first spell here, and know a lot of the lads.

“I’ve played a lot with the likes of Leepaul Scroggins and Barrie Smith here, as well as Daryll Hall and Lewis Galpin when I was at West Auckland, and I think I’ll fit in pretty well.

“I’ve always had an interest in the club, even when they were playing in Peterlee. I kept in touch with a lot of people at the club.

“I’ve always kept an eye on Shields, and when I heard about the new chairman coming in and the move back to Mariners Park, I was delighted.

“I had a great pre-season at Spennymoor, but didn’t play as much as I would have liked. I spoke to the manager and he said I was in his plans, but when I was told that South Shields had made a bid, it was a no-brainer for me to join.”

robert briggs goal celebrationManager Jon King said: “Robert is an absolutely fantastic signing for the club. He is another one who ticks all of the boxes.

“He has been at the club before, is a local lad and is still young. He’s the right age, and can hopefully grow with the club. It’s great to have him on board.

“He’s a good age and has a significant amount of experience behind him as well. He’s a winner, and a fantastic player, with great qualities.

“To be able to sign Robert shows how far the club has come in a short space of time.

“He really wanted to come here, and I’m delighted that he has understood the ambition of the club and wanted to be a part of things.

“It’s not an easy decision for players to drop down leagues, but he has a lot of time for the club and is really excited about being back.

“This is a signing for the next few years, and he’ll be here for the long-term. You can build a club around players like this.”

Briggs 4The club hopes Robert will be available to make his second debut for the Mariners in Saturday’s trip to Willington in Ebac Northern League Division Two.

You can welcome Robert back to the club on Twitter by using the hashtag #WelcomeBriggsy

Images courtesy of Iam Burn and Spennymoor Town Football Club.