Wouter Verstraaten commits future to South Shields

Wouter Verstraaten commits future to South Shields

Wouter Verstraaten has told of his delight after putting pen to paper on a new contract at South Shields.

The Dutchman made 14 appearances for the Mariners last season after joining from Consett in January.

The PSV Eindhoven Academy graduate impressed in a number of roles and attracted the attention of a number of clubs higher up the football pyramid, but has opted to commit his future to Shields after extensive discussions.

Verstraaten said: “I am very happy to have signed this deal, as it took a while before we finally got it done.

“I am very pleased that South Shields have shown their confidence in me during these unprecedented times.

“Ever since I joined the team in January, I have felt the professionalism and will to win this league.

“That this didn’t happen last season was obviously a very disappointing moment for the whole club, but I feel that we are very motivated to make things right next season.

“That is one of the many reasons I have signed with South Shields.”

The coronavirus pandemic has meant that the Shields squad has not been together since the memorable 5-3 victory over FC United of Manchester on March 14th.

Motivation among the players remains high, though, and Verstraaten is eagerly awaiting the day football returns and he can play in front of the Mariners Park faithful again.

He added: “I feel that it is the right place for me to grow as a player and improve in areas that will help me perform to a higher level.

“It is a pleasure to play in front of such a big crowd every week. There are not many places where the stage is set every weekend like it is at South Shields.

“I’m currently back in the Netherlands staying fit and spending some time with my family and I’m in regular contact with the management, but we just have to wait to see when the Government allows us to get back together.”

The club’s full retained list following the completion of the 2019-20 season will be announced on Tuesday morning.