Fawcett latest to sign with North Shields

James Luccock, North Shields FC
James Luccock, North Shields FC

North Shields boss Graham Fenton has increased competition for places in his championship winning squad as the Shieldsmen eagerly await their return to the Northern League first division.

Joining North Shields is former Whitley Bay forward Chris Fawcett, and he will link up with fellow new acquisitions Peter Glen-Ravenhill (ex-Team Northumbria), Curtis Coppen (Birtley Gateshead) and crowd favourite James Luccock.

Luccock has returned to the club after making more than 100 appearances between 2009-12 and who recently has been turning out for Newcastle Benfield.

Pre-season matches now see the Robins entertain Gateshead Reserves on Saturday, July 12 (3pm), then visit Spennymoor Town on Thursday, July 17 (7.30pm).

Team Northumbria head to the Daren Persson Stadium on Wednesday, July 23 (7.30pm), Shields are then at Northern Alliance side Wallsend Boys Club on Saturday, July 26, before welcoming Blyth Spartans on Wednesday, July 30.

The final warm-up game is the Gary Hull Memorial Trophy, which will take place against Percy Main at Purvis Park on Saturday, August 2.