Gateshead sign former Magpie Brittain

Gateshead have further strengthened their squad with the signing of 24 year old right sided midfield player Martin Brittain whose career began at Newcastle United.

Brittain made one start for the Magpies, a 1-0 FA Cup win over Mansfield Town in front of more than 40,000 fans at St.James' Park back in January 2006.

He was however a regular on the bench for Newcastle during the 2005-6 campaign where he made an additional five appearances - all but one in cup ties.

A short stay at Ipswich Town was then followed by a loan spell at Yeovil Town which saw the Cramlington-born player make 15 appearances for the Glovers.

A handful of appearances for Carlisle United and Walsall followed before he joined Blue Square Premier Club Kidderminster Harriers last year.

Brittain played 44 games for the Worcestershire club, including 11 off the bench, last season scoring four goals, before returning to his native North East to sign for Gateshead.

"Brittain is another player with a professional background in the game that we have managed to bring to Gateshead, and is a really good signing for the club," said manager Ian Bogie.

"He operates wide on the right and comes to us after a solid season at Kidderminster Harriers who only just missed out on the play-offs last season.

"Like Farman, Richardson and Swailes he is a local lad. He is at the right age and will be keen to make an impression at Gateshead."

Brittain is Gateshead's fifth signing of the summer and Bogie is hopeful of adding two more players to his squad next week.

"I expect to get an answer from an experienced Football League striker next week and hope to have another left back on board in the near future," added Bogie.

"An offer is also in for Whitley Bay striker Lee Kerr, which is a good one, but we won't be held to ransom or get involved in an auction, and if it doesn't come off we'll move on."

"I'm very happy with the players we've retained from last season's promotion winning squad as well as the five brought in so far, and there will be more to follow."

Gateshead begin pre-season training this weekend when Bogie expects several trialists to feature, including three from the professional game.

"I am very confident we will have a strong squad in place when the season begins on August 8th and we are looking forward to the publication of the Blue Square Premier fixtures next Friday."

By Jeff Bowron