North Shields sign four before transfer deadline

One of the new North Shields signings, Jack Devlin. Picture by Russell Wynn

One of the new North Shields signings, Jack Devlin. Picture by Russell Wynn

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North Shields have strengthened their squad for the final two months of their league and cup campaigns, bringing in four new faces ahead of the March 31 deadline.

Easington Colliery forward Jack Devlin was snapped up by Robins manager Graham Fenton last week.

The pacy centre forward, a product of Sunderland’s youth academy, was playing for Queen of the South’s under-20 team until returning to his native region in December.

The 18-year-old caught the eye with some impressive performances for Colliery and is expected to add another dimension to the Shields attack.

The club has also brought in two seasoned campaigners in the form of Darren Timmons and Gareth Williams.

Centre half Timmons was on the books at Hartlepool United as a youth, and has turned out for the likes of Blyth Spartans, Ashington and Whitley Bay.

The 36-year-old most recently marshalled the defence for Wallsend Boys Club, bringing experience and leadership to the side when called upon.

Williams, also 36, has enjoyed a similarly distinguished non-league career in the region, particularly with Spartans.

The versatile veteran, who can operate centrally or out wide in both defence and midfield, racked up 406 appearances with the Northern Premier League outfit, scoring 26 goals in the process.

He has Northern League experience with Whitley Bay, Ashington and Dunston UTS amongst others, and joins from Newcastle Benfield.

Rounding out the new arrivals is Alex Nisbet. Another signing from Wallsend Boys Club, the composed 25-year-old can play in either defence or midfield.

Nisbet made two appearances for West Allotment Celtic towards the back end of the 2013-14 campaign before opting to remain with nearby Northern Alliance side Longbenton.