Ryhope CW utility man Paul Braithwaite is hoping to return to the side this month following a spell away from home.
Braithwaite moved to Loughborough at the end of September to begin a degree in Sports Management, and last featured for Ryhope in a 2-0 win at Chester-le-Street over two months ago.
The teenager also spent a period of last season away having moved to Australia to play cricket during the winter months, but has been playing football during this time away as he plays for the University’s first team.
He said: “I came to the University, went through the trial process and found myself in the first team pretty quickly.
“I have been playing a bit-part on Saturday’s but I am yet to get a full go in the team, so I am looking forward to getting back over Christmas and pushing to start for Ryhope.”
The Leicestershire-based University’s football side are currently top of the Premier North Division, ahead of North East sides Durham and Northumbria.
But, the former England schoolboy also believes things are going well off the football pitch too.
He said: “Things are going pretty well for me. I am finding the work quite interesting and I am doing my best to keep on top of things.”
Gary Pearson may have Braithwaite available for selection for the Northern League game away at West Auckland on December, 17.