Stanley midfielder Dan Martin has joined non-league side South Shields on an initial month-long loan.

Martin has been with the Reds since Under-9 level and signed a new deal with the club over the summer.

The 19-year-old could make his debut for the Mariners in this weekend’s FA Cup tie against Marske United.

“I’m delighted to be here and can’t wait to get going,” he told the club’s website.

“I’ve heard a lot about the club and we’ve had a very good start to the season, and I’m just looking to do whatever I can to help keep that momentum going.

“I’ve met all the players and staff and it seems like a really good place to be, so it shouldn’t take me too long to settle in.

“I want to get some men’s football experience and as much game-time as possible, but I know I’m going to have to work hard for it.”

The Mariners are top of the Northern Premier League Premier Division table, having won seven of their opening nine matches.

“We’re really pleased that Dan has joined the squad,” added manager Graham Fenton.

“He has been on the radar for a while through our recruitment manager Andy Burgess, who has seen him play quite a few times and rates him very highly.

“We’re excited to see Dan pull on the South Shields shirt.

“He is a highly technical player who can play in a couple of different positions, and will give us plenty of options while we have a few injury issues.

“We really hope Dan enjoys his time at the club and are greatly looking forward to working with him.”