South Shields make Smith move

South Shields have signed former Sunderland, Kilmarnock and Hartlepool United midfielder Martin Smith.

Smith, 26, came through the ranks at Sunderland and had loan spells with Gateshead and Carlisle.

He will join Shields on July 1 after his contract with EFL League Two club Hartlepool expires.

Smith told the club’s official website: “I’m really excited to join the club and can’t wait to get going and meet all the lads.

“Everyone knows what we’re trying to build here so I’m very focused and looking forward to the season.

“The way the gaffer wants the team to play, what the club is building on and off the pitch and where we want to get to is exciting.

“We’re all focused on next season and we’re going to attack the goals we have for the year ahead.”

South Shields manager Kevin Phillips said: “We’re delighted to add Martin to the squad.

“He is a fantastic footballer and a brilliant professional who we feel will fit very well into our group.

“It’s clear how eager he is to get going here and how much hunger he has to help us achieve our goals.

“Martin has a great passion for the game, conducts himself in an excellent way and will be a really valued member of the squad next season.”

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