North Shields Football Club are delighted to announce the capture of defender Andrew Cartwright subject to FA and League approval.
The defender has returned to the North East after spending two years in Perth, Australia coaching in the Football industry. He also turned out for Western Knights Soccer Club whilst out in Australia before signing for North Shields.
Andrew is son of former Newcastle United and North Shields player Peter Cartwright. Andrew is a trio of Cartwrights to have played for North Shields with brother Phil also turning out in the red shirt.
The right-back is no stranger to life in the North East as before he travelled to Australia he made 85 appearances for Blyth Spartans since joining from Sunderland in August 2015. Cartwright made 32 appearances for The Black Cats in Premier League 2. Andrew also appeared for the England C team during his time at Blyth.
Head of Media, Sean Mulligan caught up with Cartwright who has already undergone some intensive training sessions at North Shields and said,
I am really excited to be joining North Shields. I’ve known Nashy (Marc Nash) for a long time and when coming home from Australia I was really keen to get involved in the great work being done at the club! The training has been great and I just want to get on the pitch and contribute to the already great team. I will also following in the steps of my dad (Peter) and brother (Phil) who both are ex North Shields players and it makes me really proud to be playing for the club.
What are your aims for the season ahead?
I think first and foremost we have to be aiming for the top of the league. From what I’ve seen the players are excellent on the pitch and really close together off it too which is a great recipe for success. I’m really excited to get going!
Obviously you spent time in Australia and have played for England C, can you tell us a little bit more about that?
Australia was great! I was coaching full time and playing. The standard was good and the team I was playing for were such a family club and I see similarities at Shields! Having good people involved is the main thing. Getting called up to England C was a really proud moment and playing out in Slovakia was a great experience. I was playing well at the time however I feel fitter and more experienced now so hopefully can show that for North Shields.
Speaking about the latest signing, manager Marc Nash said,
Andrew has plenty of pedigree having played pro at Sunderland and then played in a very successful Blyth Spartans team before heading off to Australia. We know he could play higher but with his work situation he needs to be local so we are delighted to add him to our squad. Cartwright contacted me back in January when he was away in Australia but knowing he was returning back to the North East so we have spoken quite a bit and now he’s trained and been impressed so we agreed a deal.
Welcome to North Shields Andrew!