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South Shields Pick Up Former Potters Striker

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Evo-Stik League North leaders South Shields have announced signing of former Stoke City youngster Jack Devlin on a short-term deal.

Devlin’s move is with a view to the arrangement becoming longer-term should the 19-year-old impress at Mariners Park.

Devlin earned a switch to the Potteries after impressive spells in the Ebac Northern League with Newcastle Benfield, North Shields and Easington Colliery, where he earned a reputation for scoring all types of goals.

He worked with Graham Fenton during his time at North Shields, and the Mariners joint-manager is excited about the prospect of linking up with the youngster again.

Fenton told the club`s official website: “We’re delighted to have Dev at the club. It has come at a very good time for us with what has happened on the injury front with Carl Finnigan and Gavin Cogdon recently.

“It’s a good opportunity for Dev to come in and really stake his claim for a place in the squad.

“It’s over to him to prove himself over the period he’s here to earn himself a longer-term contract.

“Having worked with Jack before, I’m really excited by what he’s capable of.
“He has got everything as a centre forward. He can hold it up, run in behind and score all types of goals, from the spectacular to the tap-in.”

Devlin, who departed Stoke City last Friday, is available to make his debut for the Mariners in tonight’s Durham Challenge Cup tie at Hartlepool United.

He said: “I’m very pleased to be here and looking forward to the opportunity.

“I know Graham from my North Shields days, so it will be really good to link up with him and Lee Picton here.

“Graham was a massive influence in me coming here.

“He’s probably the best coach I’ve played under since I started playing men’s football.

“I want to help us win the league, win as many trophies as possible and score as many goals as possible”.

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