South Shields defender Adam Curry has completed a dream move to Championship side Hull City.
The 18-year-old, from Jarrow, has signed a two-year professional deal with the Tigers.
After joining South Shields from Seaham Red Star in the summer, Curry made 12 appearances for the Mariners, mainly at left-back.
The former Bede Burn Primary School, Jarrow School and St Joseph’s Academy pupil also went on trial with several Football League clubs, and has now earned a contract with Hull after impressing in two matches for the club’s Under-21s side.
Curry has expressed his excitement at his move to the KC Stadium, but has thanked everyone at Mariners Park.
He 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 now 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.”
Curry is the second Shields player in 12 months to complete a move to professional football, after goalkeeper Aidan Grant joined Peterborough United and later moved to Lincoln City.
Shields manager Jon King added: “It’s great news for Adam, and I’m pleased for him that it has been sorted out.
“It has been a bit of an uncertain time for him, as he has had a few trials and clubs haven’t been giving him a definitive answer.
“He has definitely got what it takes to make it professionally, and I think he can go as far as he wants.
“Some parts of his game will need working on, but he will get that with full-time training at Hull.
“I’d like to wish Adam all the best for the future.”
*Read a full interview with Adam Curry later this week in the Gazette*