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Julio Arca Vows To Play On For Shields

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After achieving a dream and playing in the side that won the FA Vase at Wembley Julio Arca says he wants to remain with with the club writes Tom Feaheny.

The former Sunderland and Middlesbrough midfielder who joined the side in 2015, has played a big role in their quadruple winning campaign. Arca says he wants to continue playing at Mariners Park.

“I am really enjoying my time here, I have loved every minute with the club this season. We will see what happens but I would like to stay another season or two.”

“We will all have a little break, I will have a few weeks off and then see what happens. I will talk to the managers and see the direction that we all want to go in.”

The captain of the side admitted that the 2016/17 campaign had gone even better than he expected.

“We were looking for promotion and to win the league, but to do so well in all fours and to win at Wembley really just ended what was a great season.

“It was a dream come true to play in one of the best stadiums in the worlds, that is what I have always wanted to do and I thank my team mates for helping me achieve this, I’m so glad that we were able to gain victory.

“I stopped playing professionally at the age of 32. I moved to the Sunday League and then got a phone call from South Shields talking about their plans I liked what I heard. It’s been a good decision for me to join.”

After a difficult season for some North East sides. Arca spoke about how proud he is to have pleased the Mariners fans.

“It’s sad to see what has happened to Sunderland and Middlesborough this season, two clubs I played for and look out for. South Shields has plenty of Sunderland and Newcastle fans so some have had a great season and for some Shields have brought them good memories.”

“These fans are fantastic, we have been getting good support all season. The Wembley crowd will be one I remember for a long time.”

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I work as a freelance journalist for The Non-League Paper, Yorkshire Evening Post, Yorkshire Post, North-West Evening Mail and others, based in Yorkshire, I am always at a game on a Tuesday and Saturday when the season is on, I started following non-league at the age of 10 and have been hooked ever since.

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