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Former Mariner Chapim delighted to return to South Shields

Gilberto Chapim started last season at Consett before moving to Newcastle Benfield.
Gilberto Chapim started last season at Consett before moving to Newcastle Benfield.

Gilberto Chapim says the opportunity to return to South Shields was one he couldn’t turn down.

The Angola-born midfielder, who played for the Mariners between 2011 and 2012, has agreed to rejoin the club from Newcastle Benfield.

Being happy at a club and being around good people is one of the most important things

Gilberto Chapim, South Shields

The former Jarrow Roofing and Consett star, who also had a spell playing professionally in Angola with Progresso AS, has become the sixth current Northern League Division One player to agree to drop town a tier to join Shields.

And the 23-year-old has no doubt he has made the correct decision.

He said: “The reason why I made the decision to come to South Shields was because, as everyone knows, I’ve played for the club before and I enjoyed my time here.

“When I got the phonecall, I thought about it, but it was really a chance that I couldn’t say no to, because I enjoyed my time at South Shields and I think it’s a great club with great facilities.

“It’s also a club, as we all know, which has big ambitions for the future, so that’s my reason (for joining the club).

“It was a bit of a tough choice to drop down to Division Two, but I think being happy at a club and being around good people is one of the most important things.

“No disrespect to the other clubs I have played for, but it just felt like it was the right choice and the right move to make.”

Chapim is hopeful the club’s fans will turn out in big numbers next season at Mariners Park.

He added: “My main memories of my first time at South Shields are of the fanbase.

“I really like the fans here, and I hope we get the same support we did four years ago.

“I really like the ground – I think it’s a very good ground – and it’s a nice and flat surface, so it’s very good.

“The club itself attracted me to come back, so here I am.”

On his hopes for next term, the midfielder said: “Our aim next season is to get promoted, and climb as high as we can, as quickly as we can.

“We really want to entertain the fans, and for me, as well as doing well in the league I want us to really have a go in the cup competitions.”