Stephen Rutherford, Hebburn Town’s Director of Football, worked with Shola Shoretire before.
And he has likened the player to Paul Scholes.
“Hopefully he can just continue to develop and push into the professional game,” Rutherford told the Manchester Evening News.
“We’re just immensely proud, it’s great for the kid, and hopefully we get a few more through at Hebburn that share Shola’s ability.”
On working with the midfielder, Rutherford also said, “I don’t even think Shola understood the talent that he had at that time, but It’s also all about how dedicated you are. He was training and playing with Hebburn, Wallsend and Newcastle.
“He was playing football five days out of the seven, at least. He spent a large part of his time developing himself and going to training. To keep that work ethic up through the years, that’s a huge commitment and he’s got the rewards for it, which is great.”