Gateshead FC Squad update 2009-10

Gateshead have offered improved contracts to captain Kris Gate, defenders Craig Baxter, James Curtis, Carl Jones; midfielders Phil Turnbull, Jamie Harwood, Wayne Phillips; and striker Graeme Armstrong.

Young midfielder Alex Francis has been offered a contract and French central defender Stephane Pelonde and goalkeeper Jim Provett are already under contract.

The club has released three players: left back Dan Smith, central defender Matt Hocking and central midfield player Steve Turnbull.

Dan SmithSmith, who gained first team experience at both Sunderland and Aberdeen, joined Gateshead in November and made a total of 12 appearances.

Hocking, 31, joined Gateshead from Blue Square North rivals having played in the Football League for hometown club Boston United, Hull City and York City and made 13 starts.

Steve Turnbull joined twin brother Phil at Gateshead following his release from Hartlepool United last summer having made 23 Football League appearances for the Coca-Cola League One club.

Matt HockingThe 22 year old also gained League experience on loan at Bury and Rochdale but made almost as many substitute appearances as starts, 20 compared to 26.

On loan left back Phil Cave remains contracted to Scottish club Livingston while the loan deals involving Tony Dinning and Darryn Stamp have expired.

Goalkeeper Paul Musselwhite has hung up his boots after a 23 year career while top scorer Lee Novak will link up with Huddersfield Town on a full-time basis having finished the season on loan at Gateshead.

Gateshead manager Ian Bogie meanwhile has spoken to potential new signings and has several irons in the fire as he looks to strengthen the squad for the Blue Square Premier.

"I won't be rushed into anything and we certainly won't be held to ransom," said Bogie "in the current climate there are a lot of players looking for clubs and we have to make sure we get the right ones."

"I would like to thank the players released for their contribution this season and I am looking to bring in around seven quality players covering all positions."

By Jeff Bowron