South Shields tipped to win promotion race by ex-youth now starring for Huddersfield Town

Former South Shields youngster Will McCamley has backed the Mariners to secure promotion into the National League North this season.
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The 19-year-old winger starred in the club’s academy last season as they reached the National League Alliance Under-19 Cup Final and helped them to reach the second round of the FA Youth Cup.

His form earned him a trial with Huddersfield Town’s academy and impressed sufficiently enough to be rewarded with a two-year deal by the SkyBet Championship club.

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He was back in the North East with the Terriers on Tuesday night and their development squad fell to a 2-1 defeat against Sunderland Under-23s.

After the game, McCamley spoke to the Gazette and revealed that he tries to see his former club whenever he comes back to South Tyneside.

And he believes that he will see them successfully negotiate their BetVictor NPL Premier Division title battle and to secure a first ever season in non-league’s second tier at end of the season.

He said: “I still miss South Shields and I try and get to watch them whenever I have a Saturday off.

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“They got me where I am today, and I owe them everything really.

“It looks like they will go up this season and I think they will.

“They beat Lancaster on Saturday and that was big for them.

“It would be great to see them go up because I know how hard all of the players and staff work at the club to try and get them where they want to be.”

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The midfielder come off the bench with 20 minutes remaining but was unable to prevent his side falling to a narrow defeat against the Black Cats’ second string.

The ex-Mariners youngster has been a regular in the Terriers’ development side and revealed he is setting his sights high.

“It’s been a good experience and I learning and training alongside some professionals since I joined the club,” he explained.

“I keep growing physically and mentally and I had to do that because it’s been a big step up for me.

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“It’s been a good test because I am playing with and against some players that have played Premier League football.”