South Shields have sealed the signing of Spennymoor Town midfielder Robert Briggs in another coup for the ambitious Northern League Division Two club.
Briggs started his career with the Mariners as a teenager, before going on to play for the likes of Gateshead, Blyth Spartans, Shildon and West Auckland Town.
He has opted to drop down two divisions to rejoin the club, having started both of Spennymoor’s league games so far this season.
It is a decision he is convinced will be vindicated.
The 23-year-old said: “It’s great to be back at the club. I’ve got a lot of good memories from my first spell here, and know a lot of the lads.
“I’ve played a lot with the likes of Leepaul Scroggins and Barrie Smith here, as well as Daryll Hall and Lewis Galpin when I was at West Auckland, and I think I’ll fit in pretty well.
“I’ve always had an interest in the club, even when they were playing in Peterlee. I kept in touch with a lot of people at the club.
“I’ve always kept an eye on Shields, and when I heard about the new chairman coming in and the move back to Mariners Park, I was delighted.
“I had a great pre-season at Spennymoor, but didn’t play as much as I would have liked.
“I spoke to the manager and he said I was in his plans, but when I was told that South Shields had made a bid, it was a no-brainer for me to join.”
Manager Jon King said: “Robert is an absolutely fantastic signing for the club. He is another one who ticks all of the boxes.
“He has been at the club before, is a local lad and is still young. He’s the right age, and can hopefully grow with the club. It’s great to have him on board.
“He’s a good age and has a significant amount of experience behind him as well. He’s a winner, and a fantastic player, with great qualities.
“To be able to sign Robert shows how far the club has come in a short space of time.
“He really wanted to come here, and I’m delighted that he has understood the ambition of the club and wanted to be a part of things.
“It’s not an easy decision for players to drop down leagues, but he has a lot of time for the club and is really excited about being back.
“This is a signing for the next few years, and he’ll be here for the long-term. You can build a club around players like this.”