Mariners duo Ntumba Massanka and Will Jenkins have departed the club on loan until January 2nd.

Massanka has linked up with Pitching In Northern Premier League Premier Division side Stafford Rangers, with Jenkins joining former Shields team-mates Jon Shaw, Craig Baxter, Phil Turnbull and Ursene Mouanda at Dunston.

The club wishes both players well for their respective loan spells.

Academy graduate Will Jenkins has extended his stay with the club after signing a new two-year deal.

The midfielder first joined South Shields as a 16-year-old in 2018 and has made 43 appearances for the first-team since making his senior debut in October 2019.

Jenkins scored with a stunning lob from distance against Radcliffe to mark his first league start for the club in style that same season, and has since developed into an important member of the first-team squad.

Having recently turned 20, Jenkins is targeting further progress as he bids to establish himself as a regular starter in claret and blue.

He said: “I’m delighted to be staying here for at least another couple of years and now I’m aiming to kick on personally, and help the team achieve its goal of promotion.

“I’ve been here for a long time and love playing for this club, so the motivation is high to put the way last season ended right, on both a club and personal level.

“I feel that myself and the club have both grown massively over the last few years, and the aim is for that to continue.

“I’ve just turned 20 so I’ve got plenty of time to develop, but I want to hit the ground running next season and keep improving as much as I can.”

Jenkins enjoyed several high points during his time in the Mariners’ Academy, including playing an integral role in the Under-18s’ remarkable and historic run to the third round of the FA Youth Cup in 2019-20, where they faced Fulham.

He was also part of the team which won the Academy’s first piece of national silverware in 2018-19 as Shields overcame Basford United on penalties at Walsall FC’s Bescot Stadium.

With the likes of Jenkins and close friend Sam Hodgson having since progressed from the Academy to the first-team set-up, the midfielder is hoping to act as inspiration for the club’s present and future emerging talents.

He added: “The pathway at the club for Academy players is quite clear and it shows that you’ll get chances if you prove you’re good enough.

“Myself and Sam have both benefitted from that and I’m sure there will be lots more players who come through in the years ahead.

“Having Sam alongside me over the last few years has been a huge benefit to me because we’ve been able to share it together and lean on each other whenever we’ve needed to.”

South Shields manager Kevin Phillips said: “We’re delighted that Will has committed his future to the club for at least the next two seasons.

“Will is an exciting young player who we believe has a bright future ahead of him.

“His success in establishing himself as part of the first-team squad again shows the pathway which has been created at this club for young players who work hard and show the right attitude.

“Will has shown that in abundance and we look forward to continuing to nurture his talent moving forwards.”

Another December day is upon us and with it, the 15th installment of our SSFC Advent Calendar feature.

Throughout the first 24 days of the month we are attempting to spread a bit of festive cheer, and today’s feature is started by Will Jenkins, whose message for fans can be viewed via the tweet below.

Over the first 24 days of December, you will be able to enter a range of competitions to win prizes courtesy of the club and several of its sponsors.

The latest item up for grabs is a South Shields FC mascot package.

To enter this competition, supporters must wait until four questions have been asked, with the fourth to be published on Wednesday. Supporters will have until 9am the following day to submit all of their four answers together via email to info@southshieldsfc.co.uk.

The first question was: Ross Coombe made his league debut for Shields against Radcliffe last December. What was the final score that day?

The second question was: Which famous Dutch club did Wouter Verstraaten spend most of his junior football days with?

Today’s question is: The South Shields Academy reached the third round of the FA Youth Cup last season. Who did they play in round three?

Remember, don’t submit your answers until the fourth question has been published on Wednesday.

We are also currently running another competition in partnership with our sponsor Barbour.

Up for grabs is a Women’s Mullein or Men’s Penton Quilted Jacket, and to enter the competition you must do one of the following by 1pm on Wednesday…

TO ENTER VIA TWITTER:

1. Like and retweet the below tweet

2. Make sure you are following the following accounts on Twitter: @SouthShieldsFC, @SSFCFoundation, @SSFCAcademy, @Barbour

TO ENTER VIA FACEBOOK:

1. Like, share and tag three of your friends on the competition posted on the South Shields FC Facebook page on Monday morning.

2. Make sure you like the following pages on Facebook: South Shields FC, SSFC Foundation, Barbour

We would like to thank Barbour for their continued support.

We are also now highlighting our fourth charity of the month, the Customs House.

The Customs House is synonymous with South Shields as the breeding ground of some of the area’s brightest entertainment talent, and offers entertainment to all.

To find out more about the Customs House, click here. To donate financially, click here.

Over the month, donations will also be encouraged towards the club’s charitable Foundation, which works with hundreds of children each week and does such fantastic work within our community.

To support the Foundation with a donation, please click here.

Thank you for your continued support and keep an eye out for Day Sixteen tomorrow!