South Shields captain Julio Arca has announced his retirement from playing after leading the Tynside club to the Evo-Stik North title this season.
The Argentine helped South Shields to the league title in all of his three seasons with the club and led them to Wembley success in the FA Vase last season.
Before joining South Shields in 2015 the defender made over 150 appearances for both Middlesbrough and Sunderland.
In a statement on the club’s official website South Shields Chairman Geoff Thompson said, “Julio has been an inspirational figure since joining the club almost three years ago.
“He has played a key role in transforming the club’s fortunes and provided some unforgettable moments, and we cannot thank him enough for his incredible efforts.
“Everyone at the club hoped he would be able to continue his playing career for one more year, but we are fully respectful of his decision, which has been made for family reasons.
“He ends his playing days having won a league title in each of his three seasons here, and departs with his powers undimmed.
“He leaves while at the top having just won a league title as captain, which not many are fortunate enough to say.
“We are in discussions with Julio as to a future role and very much hope we can find a resolution so that he can continue to benefit the club with his expertise in an off the field capacity.
“It goes without saying that he and his family will always be welcome at Mariners Park.”
South Shields stormed to success in the Evo-Stik Division One North, beating Scarborough Athletic to the title eight points.