Warren Byrne is set to leave South Shields by mutual consent following the completion of his loan move at Seaham Red Star.
The striker, who scored 31 times last season as the Mariners won Northern League Division Two, trained with Shields on Thursday after his spell at Seaham ended.
Following discussions afterwards, both parties decided it was in the best interests of all concerned for Warren’s contract to be mutually terminated to allow him to gain regular playing time elsewhere.
Warren will go down in club folklore for his incredible 2015-16 campaign, during which he helped fire the Mariners to promotion, scoring some spectacular goals along the way.
The most memorable was the remarkable strike at Tow Law Town at April which saw the 34-year-old win international recognition and numerous awards, including the Budweiser Dream Goal prize.
It was a season Warren considers the best of his long and successful career.
After the mutual agreement to part company with the club was made, he said: “At my age, you just want to be playing as much as you can really.
“I’m realistic enough to know that we have five or six forwards already and I was going to find it difficult to break into the team. That’s football.
“What happened last season, not just for myself but for the club, was incredible.
“They are memories I will keep for the rest of my life. It was the best year of my career.
“The crowds the club gets, for Northern League level, are ridiculous.
“I just hope the club goes onto bigger and better things, which they’re looking to do.
“Everything is in place for that to happen and I’ll be backing them to do that from afar.
“I wish everyone at the club and the supporters all the best for the future.”
Warren added: “I’m hoping to get back to watch a few games, especially when I finish playing.
“I’ll definitely be back at some stage to watch games – hopefully I’ll get the VIP treatment!”
South Shields joint manager Lee Picton said: “Warren came and trained with us again on Thursday after his loan spell at Seaham.
“We had a constructive, amicable conversation afterwards about how we move forward.
“It was just felt that with the depth of quality we already have in the squad, we would struggle to give Warren the game time he was looking for.
“Considering the stage of his career he is at, he just wants to play.
“We wish Warren very well moving forwards and thank him for all of his efforts and goals.”
It goes without saying that Warren will always be welcome back at Mariners Park with his family, and everyone at the club wishes him all the very best for the future.
Thanks for the memories, Wazza.
South Shields striker Warren Byrne has joined Seaham Red Star on loan for two months.
The move is to allow the popular player to get additional game-time in the Northern League after being restricted to six substitute appearances so far this season.
Warren could play for Red Star – who he initially joined Shields from in 2015 – in their game at Guisborough Town tonight.
Last season was an incredible one for the striker, who scored 31 times in 43 appearances in all competitions as the Mariners surged to the Northern League Division Two title.
Several spectacular strikes were included in that tally, including his now legendary goal against Tow Law Town, which earned him the Budweiser Dream Goal prize.
The club wishes Warren all the very best for the next two months, with the striker due to return to Mariners Park at the end of November.
Warren Byrne and David Palmer were among the goals as South Shields Reserves made it two Wearside League victories in a row with a 4-0 win over Seaham Red Star Reserves on Monday.
Both players got a full 90 minutes under their belts at Harton and Westoe Miners’ Welfare Ground, with Byrne scoring twice and Palmer once, while Olly Martin was also on the scoresheet.
It is now two wins from their opening three league fixtures for Shields, following on from last week’s impressive 2-1 triumph at Cleator Moor Celtic.
They were superb at times against Seaham, and early chances fell the way of Byrne and Dominic Soulsby, who were both denied.
Joss Carmichael, another first-team player getting game-time for the reserves, made a good save after that from Michael Bulmer to keep Shields level, with the Seaham forward hitting the rebound into the side netting.
Shields always looked the likelier to open the scoring, and visiting goalkeeper Shay Adamson had to make an excellent low save from Byrne to prevent them doing that.
On 23 minutes, though, the Mariners went ahead as Ewan Simpson’s fine cross from the left was finished off by Byrne at the back post.
Palmer’s goal 10 minutes later was similar, with Byrne playing the ball to Matthew Davidson on the inside-left of the box before he crossed into the centre, where Palmer had a tap-in.
Byrne and Palmer both hit efforts wide in the closing stages of the first half, and in the second half, Shields continued their dominance.
They were rewarded with a third goal when the ball broke to Martin in the area, and he made no mistake as he slotted it past Adamson.
Both sides had good opportunities in the closing stages, with Byrne denied twice for the Mariners, as was substitute Jonny Hope, while at the other end, Wesley Smith dinked a shot just over.
Byrne completed the scoring with his second of the night three minutes before the end when he latched onto a header forward by Ryan Bolam before rolling the ball into the bottom corner.
The reserves are in action again on Wednesday against Harton and Westoe, with kick-off at the Harton and Westoe Miners’ Welfare Ground at 6.30pm. Admission is £2.
SOUTH SHIELDS: Carmichael, Whelan, Sinclair (Marsden 82), Crutwell (c), Simpson, Tonge, Palmer, Davidson, Byrne, Martin (Hope 82), Soulsby (Bolam 69). Subs not used: Richardson, Cossar.
Goals: Byrne (23, 87), Palmer (33), Martin (57).
WORDS: Daniel Prince. IMAGE: Peter Talbot.