South Shields make striker Luke Sullivan their second summer signing

Luke Sullivan
Luke Sullivan

South Shields have made Consett striker Luke Sullivan their second summer signing as they gear up for an assault on the Evo-Stik League.

Sullivan has put pen to paper, following Matty Pattison in joining the quadruple-winning squad.

The 27-year-old joins the Mariners after five years at Consett where he was converted from a full-back into one of the leading strikers in the Northern League.

He was the Steelmen's top goalscorer last season with 34, including one in the 3-3 draw with Shields on the opening day of the league campaign.

In all, he scored 136 goals in 206 games for his hometown club, and has now spoken of his excitement as he steps up to the Evo-Stik League First Division North with the Mariners.

The 27-year-old said: "I'm really happy to have joined the club.

"South Shields is a club going in the right direction on and off the field, and I'm really excited about being a part of that.

"It feels good to be here and I'm over the moon to have got it sorted.

"When I heard about the interest, it was a no-brainer for me.

"South Shields are moving up to a higher level and as a player, you want to be playing at the highest level possible.

"It's going to be a challenge, but if I work hard in training I'm confident I'll be able to establish myself here. It's a fantastic opportunity for me."

Sullivan was part of the Steelmen side beaten 1-0 at Mariners Park in April as Shields closed in on the league title, and that experience has whetted the appetite of the frontman, who bolsters an attack left weakened by the shock departure of David Foley to Spennymoor at the weekend.

He added: "South Shields won almost every game towards the end of the season, and have achieved great things over the last two years.

"I played against them last season and it was hard work, as they're an excellent team.

"The game at Mariners Park gave me a great eye-opener to the set-up there, which is really professional, and I can't wait to be part of that now.

"To leave my hometown club is a bit of a wrench, because I've made great friends at Consett and had a lot of good times there.

"Sometimes you've got to look after yourself though and show some ambition to play at a higher level, which is why I've joined South Shields."