Welcome to Dunston UTS, Jack Walker
Dunston UTS FC are delighted to announce the signing of defender Jack Walker from North Shields.
Jack Walker picked up North Shields' Player of the Season last year and had been an ever-present in The Robins' backline since re-signing for the club in July 2021.
Walker, who predominantly plays as a centre-half, but can also operate anywhere across the backline, becomes Jon McDonald's sixth summer signing.
"I've worked with Jack before. He's a consistent performer, versatile and reliable. I know he will fit in with the group easily and I believe that he's another excellent addition to our squad." McDonald said.
Upon his arrival at the UTS Stadium, Walker has discussed how the move came about as he switches NE29 for NE11.
"I'm excited to join the club. It all came about unexpectedly and last minute really. Jon McDonald messaged me last week to say that Jon Shaw was moving on and that he needed a defender to replace him.
"It wasn't a straight forward decision as I was fully prepared to start the season at North Shields, but having played in this league last season and also having the chance to challenge for this league this season was too much of a draw and I couldn't turn it down."
"My time at Shields was great. I love all the lads there and I am a bit gutted things turned out the way they did for the players, staff and the club. However, as I mentioned, playing in this league and looking to challenge for the title was an important factor in joining Dunston.
"I've also played against Dunston for the best part of ten years and I have never had an easy game against them." Walker said.
In terms of what our latest acquisition brings to the table, here is what the new man has had to say.
"I've primarily played as a centre back for the last two or three seasons, but for most of my earlier career I played as a fullback, so I am happy to play anywhere across the back four.
"In terms of strengths, I always feel like I communicate quite well on the pitch and I have been called deceivingly quick, but I'm not sure how to take that one!"
When discussing aims for the upcoming season, Walker has set his sights high on an individual level, as well as for the team.
"The aim has got to be to win the league. Minus Worksop last season, the league was quite close overall and with the squad we have at Dunston, we should be up there challenging.
"A personal challenge of mine would be to get in and stay in the starting XI for as much of the season as possible. I know some of the lads that play in defence, so I recognise that it won't be easy." Walker added.
Welcome to the club, Jack!