Novak and Cave Transfer Latest

02/02/2009
Gateshead today completed two transfers with striker Lee Novak joining Huddersfield Town on a three and a half year deal and Phil Cave returning to the club on loan.

Livingston left back Cave, 21, has rejoined Gateshead until the end of the season and Novak, 20, will also be on loan at Gateshead for the rest of the season from Huddersfield.


Novak, who has signed for the Terriers for an undisclosed fee, has been handed the number 35 at the Galpharm Stadium but will remain on Tyneside before reporting for pre-season training at Huddersfield.

"My aim has always been to make a name for myself in the professional game and joining League One club Huddersfield Town is a great move for me," said Novak.

"There is a Geordie connection there with Lee Clark manager, Terry McDermott his assistant and Steve Black also at Huddersfield."

"I'm looking forward to playing for the club next season but I'm also happy to continue playing at Gateshead for the next three months and continue to develop my game."

"Hopefully I can score plenty of goals and if I can leave the club having helped them to get promoted into the Blue Square Premier that would be the ideal scenario."

Huddersfield will monitor Novak's progress at Gateshead closely and Town boss, and former Magpie, Lee Clark believes the youngster has a bright future.

"He is a player from my neck of the woods that I've kept tabs on for some time," said Clark "he is a striker who scores goals, has good awareness and brings other people into the game."

"Gateshead are going well in the Conference North and we are loaning Lee straight back to them as he is a player for the future for us."

"He has a fantastic work ethic and I am hopeful he can continue his good form ahead of starting with us next pre-season."

Phil CaveCave meanwhile is delighted to be back at the International Stadium and hopes to pick up where he left off last season.

"I really enjoyed it at Gateshead last season and the only reason I left was because I got the chance to join a full time club," said Cave.

"It's been frustrating at Livingston because I want to be playing regularly, and hopefully I'll get the chance to do that at Gateshead."

"The side is doing really well in the Blue Square North and I'd like to think I can contribute to more success and that the loan period is a successful one."

"After that we'll have to see what happens in the summer because I am contracted to Livingston for another year, but it will be good to see the lads again this week and I'll be available for selection against Fleetwood on Saturday - weather permitting !"

Gateshead will need to get International clearance this week if the defender, who has recovered from an ankle injury, is to be in the squad to face the Fishermen.

By Jeff Bowron

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