Goalkeeper Liam Connell has joined Northern League side Whickham on loan.

The 33-year-old, who is yet to feature competitively for the Mariners this season, will spend the next 28 days with the Lang Jacks.

Connell became a firm favourite at Mariners Park after signing from Dunston in the summer of 2016, and has made 140 appearances for the club to date.

We wish him all the best for his loan spell with Whickham.

Left-back Anthony Callaghan has joined Whickham on a month-long loan as he steps up his recovery from a long-term back injury.

Callaghan underwent spinal surgery last August and has not played for South Shields since an away match against Kendal Town on Boxing Day in 2017.

He completed a temporary move to Northern League Division One side Whickham earlier this week, and made his debut as a substitute in their defeat to Whitley Bay on Tuesday.

South Shields joint manager Graham Fenton said: “Anthony has had more than 14 months out and it’s very difficult for us to drop him straight into the team here to get some minutes.

“We’ve got two really good left-backs in Blair Adams and Darren Lough there at the moment so it was always going to be difficult to get Calla in.

“He wanted to play football, so we’ve got him out on loan.

“Whickham have kindly said that they’ll increase his game-time, which is great of them.

“He’ll start off with a few minutes in games, which will gradually increase over the loan term.

“It’s going to be really beneficial for Calla and hopefully he comes through it without any other injuries, because what you tend to find is that the injury you’ve been out with is not the one you need to worry about, it’s all the other stuff because your body hasn’t been used to playing.

“Whickham have been great with us and said that they’ll increase his game-time as they see fit.”

Matty Pattison has completed a move to Northern League Division One side Whickham from South Shields.

The Mariners confirmed Pattison had been placed on the transfer list at his request on Wednesday after a change in family circumstances meant he was unable to fully commit to travelling to away games.

The midfielder has now linked up with Whickham after a transfer was agreed between the two clubs.

Pattison has paid tribute to Shields after his time at the club came to an end.

He told the Shields Gazette: “I thoroughly enjoyed my time at South Shields and it was a tough decision to leave, but with all the travel needed playing for Shields, it was conflicting with my family life and becoming tougher and tougher.

“Out of all the non-league clubs up here, you couldn’t ask for a better club and better facilities than Shields.

“It’s a fantastic club and I’m gutted I have to leave it.

“It’s on another level and they will only go from strength to strength.

“The two managers are very thorough and they bring an energy and level of coaching to the club which is superb. I wish them all the best in the future.”

Pattison made 43 appearances for the Mariners after joining from Blyth Spartans in May 2017.

He scored five goals, including one on his final appearance for the club in last Saturday’s 5-1 Emirates FA Cup win over Garforth Town.

We would like to thank Matty for his tremendous service and wish him well for the future.

Joint manager Lee Picton said: “While it is really disappointing to hear that Matty can no longer continue with us on our journey, we fully respect the reasons why, and give thanks to him for all his tremendous efforts whilst playing for the club.

“He established himself as a really important part of our side last season and scored some really crucial goals.

“I’m sure many of the fans will go on to have fond long-lasting memories of Matty’s skill levels and undeniable flair on the pitch, but he was also a fantastic character to have in the dressing room and around the club in general.

“We obviously wish him and his family all the success moving forwards and they will always be welcome back at Mariners Park.”