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Jason Gilchrist is playing non-league football now but he’s still doing what he did during his time at Burnley, scoring goals aplenty.

1415 burnley jason gilchrist 01 300x500He scored 23 league and cup goals in each of his two seasons in the youth team and that included no fewer than five hat tricks, one of those coming at Old Trafford when we beat Manchester United in the FA Youth Cup.

Like Ntumba Massanka, who I wrote about earlier this morning, Gilchrist once made the bench for the first team and was very close to coming on. It was at Watford in 2014 and he looked set for a debut with us losing 1-0, that was until Scott Arfield scored an equaliser.

Since leaving Burnley he’s played for clubs such as FC United of Manchester and Southport and it was while at Southport that he was capped by England C.

He recently signed for South Shields and joint manager Lee Picton said on completing the signing: “We are delighted to bring Jason to the club. He is someone we have tracked for a while and he has a proven goalscoring record at this level and higher.

“We feel he is a great fit for what we are looking for moving forwards at the club. We’re really confident he will suit our style of play and we have been impressed with him as a person during the conversations we have had with him.”

He made his debut in a 2-0 pre-season defeat against York as a substitute but in two games since he’s certainly started to show those at South Shields what they can expect in the new season. In two further pre-season games he’s scored five goals, including his latest hat trick over the weekend in a testimonial game against Dunston.

Playing alongside former youth team mate Luke Daly, he scored three of the four goals in a 4-2 win with the other goal scored by Nathan Lowe, another former Claret.

It will all look very familiar too – South Shields play in claret and blue.

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