Midfielder Nathan Lowe has signed a new contract with South Shields which keeps him at Mariners Park until the summer of 2021, with the option for a further year.
Lowe joined Shields from Southport in October 2018 and has so far made 52 appearances for the club, scoring 11 times.
He said: “I’m delighted to have signed a new contract at this great club.
“I had contemplated possibly moving back home to be closer to my family but when I sat down and thought about it, this is the club where it’s happening and I want to be a part of it moving forward.
“I can confidently say that this is the best team I’ve played in, I can confidently say Lee and Graham are the best managers I’ve played under and I can confidently say that these are by far the best fans I’ve played in front of.”
South Shields joint manager Lee Picton said: “Since coming to the club, Nathan has been a key part of the squad and we are delighted that he has committed his future to us.
“He was in his option year from his last contract and we really wanted to keep him at the club.
“Nathan was more than happy to stay and is really enjoying his time here.
“Hopefully it works out really well for all parties.”
Meanwhile, we can confirm that Sanmi Odelusi’s contract at the club has been mutually terminated.
The club would like to thank Sanmi for his efforts during his time at Mariners Park and wish him all the best for the future.
We can also confirm that Callum Guy has been recalled from his loan spell at West Auckland Town and is available for Saturday’s league fixture against Radcliffe at Mariners Park.
David Foley netted a brace as South Shields secured a comfortable 3-0 win over Atherton Collieries with a convincing performance in front of the biggest Mariners Park crowd of the season to date.
Over 1,750 fans witnessed Foley’s double and a first goal for the club from Sanmi Odelusi, who was making his first home appearance for the Mariners.
The result rarely seemed in much doubt and moved Shields eight points clear at the top of the BetVictor Northern Premier Division table.
They went into the match without the injured Josh Gillies and ill Lee Mason, with Adam Thurston and Odelusi replacing them in the starting line-up.
Shields started brightly and after Robert Briggs fired over from 25 yards, an even better chance fell the way of Odelusi.
The Mariners worked a move down the right and Foley was played in before squaring the ball for the frontman, who put it wide from close range as he was made to wait for his first goal.
The hosts went even closer to taking the lead when a Briggs free-kick from the left was dropped by Atherton goalkeeper Oliver Byrne to the feet of Gary Brown, but his first-time effort squirmed wide.
Atherton struggled to put pressure on the Shields back line but did create a chance on the break in the 21st minute when Vincent Bailey scampered through the centre and played in Jordan Cover, who struck across the ball and saw his shot swerve past the post.
The deadlock was finally broken on 28 minutes as two of the Mariners’ most experienced players combined.
Briggs got away from his man in midfield and used the space to good effect by finding Foley, who brought the ball onto his left foot before firing a low effort past Byrne for his first goal of the season.
Shields barely gave Atherton time to breathe as they won the ball back almost immediately from kick-off and they soon went close to doubling their lead as Briggs fired not far over from distance.
The second goal arrived seven minutes before half-time as Odelusi marked his home debut in style.
Nathan Lowe took a great deal of credit for his role in it as he swung in an inch-perfect cross from the left which Odelusi stooped low to head in from close range.
The Mariners picked up where they left off at the start of the second half and after Foley had a shot blocked, he soon added his second of the afternoon.
A long passing move from the hosts reached its climax as Jordan Hunter brilliantly picked out Thurston down the right of the box and he put the ball on a plate for Foley to finish from six yards.
The remainder of the half saw Shields tire their opponents out with impressive possession and probing, with Atherton rarely threatening a consolation goal.
The closest they got was in the 55th minute as Cover raced through towards goal and looked destined to score, but Brown chased him superbly and eventually made an excellent tackle to deny him.
Lowe went close to notching a fourth for the Mariners when he blasted the ball narrowly over from the edge of the box after being teed up by substitute Jason Gilchrist, and Gilchrist went close himself as a Byrne clearance ricocheted against him before trickling just wide.
Shields generally appeared content to keep the ball and conserve their energy in the latter stages as they wrapped up another three points to continue their impressive run.
They are back in action on Tuesday when they take on Stalybridge Celtic in another league fixture at Mariners Park.
SOUTH SHIELDS: Boney, Hunter, Adams, Turnbull, Morse, Brown (Wokoma 82), Thurston, Lowe (Baxter 68), Odelusi (Gilchrist 61), Briggs (c), Foley. Subs not used: Charlton, Shaw.
Goals: Foley (28, 51), Odelusi (38).
WORDS: Daniel Prince. IMAGE: Kev Wilson.
The club is delighted to announce the signing of exciting forward Sanmi Odelusi on an initial deal until January.
A player with much Football League experience, Odelusi has previously played for the likes of Bolton Wanderers, Milton Keynes Dons, Coventry City, Wigan Athletic and Blackpool.
The 26-year-old was most recently with Halifax Town in the National League, and has now linked up with the Mariners as they aim to strengthen their position at the top of the BetVictor Northern Premier Division.
Odelusi said: “I’m delighted to be here.
“I’ve seen the style of football that the boys play and I know Myles Boney from our time together at Blackpool.
“He’s a good goalkeeper and he spoke well about the tactics the boys play, so that’s what really nailed it for me.”
Odelusi has vowed to bring an insatiable work ethic to Mariners Park and is aiming to hit the ground running and help the team with goals.
However, with the Mariners on a five-match winning run in the league, the forward is not expecting to be handed a starting berth straightaway.
He added: “It’s a good situation to come into, but at the same time the boys are winning so it’s not like I expect to be thrown straight into the team.
“It doesn’t happen like that in football.
“I want to work hard to prove that I deserve a starting place.”
South Shields joint manager Graham Fenton said: “Myself, Lee (Picton) and Brian (Smith) are delighted to have signed Sanmi until the start of January at least.
“Sanmi is a powerful, pacey forward player who is very strong at running with the ball and is a good finisher as well.
“He has gained lots of league experience over the past few years, which I’m sure will hold him in good stead for playing at our level.
“Although he hasn’t played much recently, we’re hoping that he hits the ground running and makes an immediate impact.
“His arrival gives us lots of options up front now, with Jason Gilchrist coming back from injury and the likes of Lee Mason and David Foley now available again.
“There is a lot of competition for places at the top end of the pitch, which is great for the team.
“We’re hoping Sanmi will settle quickly and that will be helped by the fact he knows Myles Boney well from their time together at Blackpool.”