New South Shields Ladies boss Scott Curtis has given his thoughts on his side and discussed his future plans.

Curtis has taken charge of two games since being appointed as head coach, and has had plenty of room for thought.

With the squad lacking depth, he has revealed that his main focus will be to add extra reinforcements, especially up front.

Curtis said: “We’re looking to add more players to the squad before the start of next season, and I’ve got a few players in mind already who I’d like to bring into the club.

“Although we have lots of quality in the existing squad we are a bit short of numbers, with a striker being our main priority.”

The squad have shown on numerous occasions that they have talent and work well together as a team. However, as Curtis brings in his new recruits and adds depth to the side, he is confident the only way is up.

Although Curtis has his long-term aspirations for the club set in motion, he has not lost sight of what is in front of him.

His team are still in the County Cup and there are still a handful of games to be played this season, where he will be looking for his players to impress.

He added: “We are looking forward to the new season arriving and hopefully we can play a full complement of games.

“However, we are still in this season’s County Cup and have a massive game on May 23rd against Wear United which we will be expected to win.”

Scott Curtis has been appointed Head Coach of South Shields FC Ladies.

Curtis will begin his role on Wednesday, April 28 and brings with him a wealth of experience in coaching, having worked in the junior and women’s games, as well as in the men’s Northern League.

His remit will be to continue the positive development of the team towards its goal of securing promotion to the Women’s National League.

The players, management and wider club are looking forward to working with him on enhancing the reputation of the team and achieving success on the pitch.

We would like to thank all candidates who applied for the vacant role.

The Mariners returned to action after the latest coronavirus lockdown with a 6-2 win over Blyth Town at Harton Welfare on Sunday, followed by a 2-2 draw at Sunderland West End on Wednesday.

Due to the latest restrictions, no supporters are permitted to watch games at present but the club will keep fans up-to-date with the team’s efforts in the weeks ahead.

SSFC Ladies’ season will run until the end of May, with a subsidiary cup competition having been set-up in the way of local mini-leagues, with the top two to progress into semi-finals before a final is played.

The only original competition which continues is the County Cup, which restarts on Sunday.