Media Watch - 29th July

29/07/2009
Bogie boosts strike Fors - Jul 29 2009 Evening Chronicle by Jeff Bowron

GATESHEAD will clinch the signing of former Ireland under-19 striker Darren Forsyth ahead of tonight's pre-season friendly against Hartlepool United at the International Stadium.


Forsyth will line up against a Pools first-team squad having impressed in a two-match trial period with Gateshead with goals against a Sunderland XI and Durham City.

The 21-year-old, who has League of Ireland experience at Shelbourne and Bray Wanderers, will sign a one-year deal with an extra year's option.

Gateshead boss Ian Bogie is delighted to capture Forsyth, whose two Ireland caps were against Portugal and Ukraine.

Bogie said: "Forsyth paid his own flight over from Dublin in an attempt to secure a contract at Gateshead, and after what we've seen we're delighted to give him one.

"He showed up well in training and in both friendlies. He is 6ft 2in, has a good touch for a big man and knows where the goal is."

Gateshead now have a three-pronged attack, with Graeme Armstrong and summer signing Steven Richardson already at the club - but Bogie is keen to make it four.

"I'm happy with the three strikers we've got, but there is a long season ahead and it is important we have four strikers in the squad," he said.

Gateshead have also signed former Magpie Neale McDermott, the son of former Newcastle, Liverpool and England midfielder, and United backroom boy, Terry McDermott.

McDermott junior, 24, has been playing in Belgium after spells at Fulham and Carlisle United, and his signing further strengthens the Newcastle connection at Gateshead.

"McDermott is a central midfielder who will give us something different," added Bogie.

"He gained Football League experience on loan at both Swindon Town and Darlington and has a good engine."

Gateshead will complete a hat-trick of signings, with left-back Phil Cave returning to the club on a permanent basis following a spell at Scottish outfit Livingston.

Bogie, whose side are unbeaten in their five warm-up games, face a Hartlepool side who have lost all four friendlies to date.

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