Blyth Spartans left back Jordan Watson is on trial at Scottish Championship club St Mirren.
Watson, who joined the Croft Park outfit after his release from Sunderland in August 2014, has been spending the week training with the Buddies.
Spartans boss Tom Wade praised the former Northern Ireland Under-19 international and admitted he did not want to lose him.
Wade said: “It’s a good opportunity for Jordan.
“He has come out of the pro game and his attitude has been fantastic.
“He is on trial at a good club and he will be well looked after.
“Obviously we don’t want to lose him because he is a key player for us, but we will see what happens.”