Gateshead clinch Robinson signing

Gateshead have clinched the signing of experienced former England C left back Mark Robinson, who has spent the last two seasons at Blue Square Premier rivals York City.

The 27 year old became manager Ian Bogie's fourth signing of the summer when he signed a one year deal with a one year option.

Guisborough-born Robinson began his career at Hartlepool United where he made 90 appearances during a six year stay at Victoria Park.

He then spent a season at Hereford United for whom he made 44 appearances and played three internationals in a winning tournament for the England C side in the summer of 2005 against hosts Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Robinson returned to the professional game to play 67 games for Stockport County under Chris Turner during a one and a half year period.

The defender's next port of call was Torquay United, and after 18 appearances for The Gulls he joined York City during the summer of 2007.

He has been a regular at left back for the Minstermen, apart from two months when he was recovering from a broken leg, making 73 appearances before he lost his place just before the end of last season under new manager Martin Foyle.

That saw Robinson, who will be 28 next month, harshly left out of the York side that lost to Stevenage Borough in the FA Trophy final at Wembley in May, though he was on the bench.

Gateshead manager Ian Bogie is delighted to add Robinson to a squad that has gained back-to-back promotions over the last two seasons.

"Robinson is an experienced player with a Football League background and we're delighted to have him on board," said Bogie.

"He has a good pedigree, has been a regular for York City where he was the club's penalty taker, and he will add further experience to the back four.

"He is strong defensively but also likes to get forward and join in and I am confident he prove to be a success at Gateshead.

"I am pleased with the four signings we've brought in so far and am in negotiations with several other players, two of whom will attend pre-season training."

For his part Robinson can't wait to get cracking with his new club with pre-season training beginning on Saturday.

"I was disappointed not to have been kept on at York and especially to miss out on the FA Trophy final as I had played every minute of every round leading up to the final but joining Gateshead is a great move for me," said Robinson.

"They are an ambitious club that is on the up and the surprise factor, coupled with a winning mentality should see us have another good season.

"It will be the first time I have played as a part-time player but we'll be training three times a week and I'm delighted to be playing at the same level that I was at York.

"I've been handed the number three shirt, which I am very pleased about as this is the number I've always had on my back, and I know Phil Turnbull and Carl Jones from their time at York, while Jim Provett was at Hartlepool when I was there.

"When I was at York I took all the set pieces and also the penalties. Hopefully I'll get the chance to do both at Gateshead and I am looking forward to linking up with Wayne Phillips.

"The new season can't start soon enough and I am determined to make my mark at Gateshead.

"They are a good footballing side and hopefully I'll play a part in helping the club make an impact in the Blue Square Premier."
By Jeff Bowron