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Lua Lua back on Tyneside with Shields.

FORMER Newcastle United striker Lomana Lua Lua is currently training with quadruple winners South Shields.

The Mariners clinched promotion to the EvoStik League First Division North as champions last term, as well as lifting the FA Vase with a resounding 4-0 victory over Cleethorpes Town at Wembley.

Now ex-Democratic Republic of Congo forward Lua Lua, 36, is training with Shields.

The club released a photo of the ex-Magpie on their Twitter account but it is unclear whether he is on trial or merely regaining his fitness.

Lua Lua has spent the last five years in Turkey, playing for Karabukspor, Caykur Rizespor, Akhisar Belediyespor and, most recently, Sanliurfaspor.

However, he has been a free agent since leaving the Turkish second-tier outfit last year.

Now he is helping the Mariners in their preparations for Wednesday night's pre-season friendly against Sunderland Under-23s.

Lua Lua scored nine goals in 67 league appearances for Newcastle between 2000 and 2004, representing the club in the Champions League under Sir Bobby Robson.

He left Tyneside for Portsmouth in 2004 before playing in Greece, Cyprus, Qatar and Turkey and spending one season back in England with Blackpool.

Lua Lua (pictured below) will continue to train with Shields as the Mariners continue to prepare for the EvoStik League First Division North campaign, and he could yet earn a contract with the club.

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 2, 2017
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