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Factfile: Ade Shokunbi

Following Ade Shokunbi’s move to South Shields, we take a closer look at the career of the 24-year-old midfielder.

  • Ade Shokunbi was born on December 17th, 1998 in Peckham, south east London

  • He progressed through the Academy at Reading and turned professional with the Berkshire club

  • Shokunbi’s first taste of senior football was in a loan spell with Nuneaton. He spent a month playing National League North football for the club in early 2018

  • A further loan stint came at Billericay Town between October 2018 and January 2019, this time in National League South

  • It was at Billericay where Shokunbi first linked up with Jordy Mongoy, who is now his team-mate at 1st Cloud Arena

  • His time at Reading came to an end in the summer of 2019, and Shokunbi subsequently joined Beaconsfield

  • He was with the Southern Football League Premier Division South club for over a year before he signed for Welling United in October 2020

  • The COVID-19 pandemic restricted his opportunities initially at Welling, with the 2020-21 season brought to a premature end

  • He was back in National League South with Welling and helped the club avoid relegation in the 2021-22 campaign, scoring six times in 36 appearances

  • Shokunbi moved to Hampton & Richmond Borough, who finished 11th in National League South last season, in the summer of 2022

  • Known as a box-to-box midfielder and a real physical presence in the centre of the park, Shokunbi scored two goals in 16 National League South appearances this season

  • He now has the opportunity to make his mark at South Shields, and could make his debut in Saturday’s Pitching In Northern Premier League match at Atherton Collieries

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