Jon King is considering reinforcing his South Shields squad after losing a third player in a matter of days.
Defender Adam Curry completed a dream move to Championship side Hull City yesterday, just two days after the Mariners lost centre-back Lewis Galpin to a broken leg.
We’ve lost three big players from the squad, and we might have to look at bringing one or two inJon King
Lewis Teasdale is also on the sidelines with a broken hand, and King is contemplating bringing in reinforcements to help Shields through a busy period.
The Mariners are at Darlington RA tonight, and will be looking for a 19th consecutive win should the game at Brinkburn Road beat the weather.
Manager King said: “We’ve lost three big players from the squad, and we might have to look at bringing one or two in.
“We’ve got a strong squad, and can get by for the immediate future, but some of the depth has been lost now.
“We’ve got very good players to replace the three who are now unavailable, and others who can also step up, but we could do with bringing a couple more in.”
Curry’s move to Hull had been in the offing for some time, after the 18-year-old, from Jarrow, impressed in a week-long trial with the Yorkshire club’s Under-21s side.
He had trial spells with numerous Football League clubs over recent months, while he made 12 appearances for the Mariners.
The teenager said: “This is a massive opportunity for me and I’m delighted to be joining Hull. I’ve worked very hard to get an opportunity in professional football, so to have got one is huge for me.
“Playing for Shields has helped me massively. I’ve been able to show that I can mix it in the men’s game and I’ve matured a lot over these few months.
“I’d like to thank the management, because they could have stuck me on the bench and just given me minutes here and there, but they didn’t. They gave me a chance to show what I could do and I’m really grateful for that. I’d like to thank everyone involved at the club, and I will miss it here. I can only wish the club all the best for the future, and I hope they progress as high as possible.”
King wished the player well, and added: “It’s great news for the lad.
“He definitely has what it takes to make it, and I think he can go as high in the game as he wants. Parts of his game will need working on, but I’m sure that with full-time training now, that will happen. I wish the lad all the best.”
Shields are hopeful Galpin will be missing for just two months, while Teasdale could return as early as Saturday if he can get a lightweight cast fitted. If not, the striker could be out for a number of weeks.
Kick-off in tomorrow’s game at Darlington RA is at 7.30pm. Shields won the reverse fixture 6-0, but King has warned: “Darlington RA are a better side than they showed when they played us in August, as their position in the table of fourth proves.
“They will certainly be tough opposition, but we need to keep this run going and we want to extend our lead at the top of the table.
“Chester-le-Street and Ryhope are hot on our heels, so we need to get some points on the board again.”