Andrew Bulford has expressed his excitement at taking on a new challenge after joining South Shields from Dunston UTS.
The 29-year-old striker has left Dunston after a seven-year spell in which he became the club’s all-time record goalscorer, and also spearheaded an FA Vase win.
He scored in every round of Dunston’s run in the competition in 2012, including both goals in the final at Wembley as they beat West Auckland Town 2-0.
Bulford is hoping to make his South Shields debut in Saturday’s game against Team Northumbria at Mariners Park, subject to receiving FA clearance.
He said: “It’s a new challenge for me, so I’m excited about it.
“I’ve been in the same changing room and club for about eight years, so it will take a bit of getting used to, but it’s an exciting new challenge and I’m looking forward to it.
“I never intended to leave Dunston, but if I was going to leave, I wanted to come to the best opportunity possible, and that’s what I’ve done.
“You want to join someone with ambition, and I’ve certainly joined an ambitious club here.”
Bulford will again link up with Jon King at Mariners Park, having played under the Shields manager about a decade ago at Morpeth Town, while he has also had dealings with a number of other figures at the club.
He added: “When I first left Darlington as a young lad, I played under Jon King at Morpeth, so I know him.
“I know (assistant manager) Gary Middleton through coaching badges I’ve done, so it helps to know people.
“I spoke to Jonny Wightman, who I played alongside at Dunston, and a couple of the other lads to see what their thoughts were, and it was all positive.”
Shields are fourth in Northern League Division Two ahead of the clash with leaders Team Northumbria, and will move to within a point of their opponents with a game in hand should they win.
They beat Team Northumbria 1-0 at Mariners Park on Tuesday in the League Cup.
On Saturday, they are hoping to welcome back Julio Arca, Daryll Hall and Gilberto Chapim, but David Foley remains out injured for the 3pm kick-off.