Former Newcastle United starlet Jamie Sterry has completed a surprise move to South Shields FC – a local club in the eighth tier of English Football.
Sterry spent NINE years on our books but only made 12 appearances at senior level in the end, featuring predominantly for our U-23’s either side of loan spells in the EFL with Coventry City and Crewe Alexandra.
Unfortunately for him, he didn’t appear at all last season under Steve Bruce, before being released this summer when his contract expired.
The full-back was handed the odd opportunity by Rafa Benitez – who gave Sterry his Premier League debut in 2016.
Since then, the 24-year-old has been plagued by injuries, meaning he wasn’t able to break into the first team, struggled to impress during loan spells and, as a result, has clearly found it hard to land himself a club in the EFL following his release.
Therefore, Sterry has joined up with local side South Shields FC – likely to regain match sharpness once again. I say that because he’s clearly better than the current level of his new club.
It’s a move that can be compared to that of Callum Roberts. He was released by the club in 2019 and joined Blyth Spartans, before quickly proving that he was far too good for non-league football and earning himself a deal at Notts County soon after.
Let’s hope this happens for Sterry – a player who’ll be desperate to get his career back on track as he approaches his 25th birthday!