South Shields defender Chris Hunter has joined Northern League side West Auckland Town on loan for a month.
Hunter signed for the Mariners from Darlington in the summer after almost a year out with damaged ankle ligaments.
He has been restricted to five competitive appearances so far and the move to West Auckland gives him a chance to regain match sharpness ahead of his return to Mariners Park.
Shields joint manager Graham Fenton said: “Chris was out of action for almost a year, and we feel that getting him out for six or seven games will be massively beneficial for us in the long-term.
“We’re looking forward to following his progress over the next month before he returns.”