Foley rejects new Shields contract to join Spennymoor

David Foley spent two seasons with the Mariners. Image by Peter Talbot.
David Foley spent two seasons with the Mariners. Image by Peter Talbot.

South Shields are planning for life without top scorer David Foley after the striker rejected a new deal at Mariners Park.

The 30-year-old has joined National League North outfit Spennymoor Town after two years with the Mariners.

Foley scored twice at Wembley last month to help Shields win the FA Vase, moving onto 35 goals for the season in the process.

He has now opted to leave his hometown club.

A statement from the Mariners said: "South Shields FC can confirm that striker David Foley has decided to leave the club to join Spennymoor Town.

"David was offered an attractive two-year contract to stay with South Shields on improved terms, and the club did everything within its reasonable power to keep him.

"However, at this stage, the club felt it would not be financially viable to compete with the five-figure signing-on fee the player had been offered by what is now his new club.

"To do so would break the financial structure currently in place at Mariners Park and potentially risk the club's hopes of success in the long-term.

"Losing a player of David's quality is something we very much wished to prevent, but it ultimately proved to be unavoidable.

"David himself has indicated that he would like the opportunity to compete at a higher level with Spennymoor in National League North, and we wish him well in his future endeavours.

"We would also like to thank him for all of his terrific efforts over the last two years, and the role he has played in helping the club to back-to-back promotions, and five trophies."

Shields confirmed on Friday that Jon Shaw, Barrie Smith and Robert Briggs had signed new two-year contacts to remain with the club.

Announcements on the future of the rest of the Mariners' players are expected to follow in the coming days.