Hebburn Town have completed the signing of playmaker Andrew Stephenson.
The attacking midfielder becomes Scott Oliver’s seventh signing of the summer and joins fellow former South Shields team-mates Louis Storey and Luke Sullivan at the club.
Stephenson signs for Hebburn after spending the last few months of the season at Marske United, helping them to the Northern League title.
He joined Shields from Spennymoor Town – where he lifted the Northern League title and FA Vase – in October 2016 and went on to play a part in the club winning the Northern League, FA Vase, Northern League Cup and Durham Challenge Cup that season.
Stephenson scored 11 times in 50 appearances before leaving in February, later signing for Marske United.
Storey is the latest big-name signing at Hebburn, joining Storey, Sullivan, Graeme Armstrong, James Fairley, Lee Kerr and Luke Gilhespy.
Oliver said: “I don’t think we’ve made a bigger signing yet. I think we’ve worked hard for this one, you can’t expect to sign players of this calibre easily.
“I know he wanted to come here which made it a lot easier for us to finally agree on what we were going to do to get him here, but, from a football point of view, it’s fantastic. He’s won everything there is to win, if not twice.
“Our remit is to get somewhere along those lines in the coming year to two years, so, if you’re going to achieve your goals, you need to bring people in that have done it, really.”