Warren Byrne set to leave club by mutual consent
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.