Gateshead sign Dale duo on loan

Gateshead have signed Rochdale pair Clark Keltie and Jon Shaw on loan ahead of Saturday's Blue Square Premier home game against Crawley Town.

Shaw made his name in the Conference as a free scoring striker for Halifax Town where he scored 20 goals in 37 league games in 2007-8.

The 26 year old's career began at hometown club Sheffield Wednesday where he made 21 appearances, including eight starts, before he spent three years at Burton Albion where he was a team-mate of Daryl Clare.

The England C striker made a century of appearances for the Brewers scoring 26 goals before he joined Halifax and then Rochdale where he has been limited to six starts.

The Yorkshireman spent a productive loan spell at Crawley Town at the start of the year and has recently been on loan at Barrow where he scored five goals in 12 games.

Shaw started for Rochdale in the final league game of last season against Gillingham and then featured as a substitute in the play-off semi-final 2nd leg against the Gills.

With Graeme Armstrong and Steven Richardson not fully fit, Darren Forsyth out on loan and Armand One due to be released manager Ian Bogie is delighted to increase his options up front.

"We need someone to take the burden off Daryl Clare and Shaw certainly fits the bill," said Bogie "he is a proven goalscorer at this level and I'm delighted to have him on board."

Newcastle-born Keltie meanwhile has been on loan at Conference strugglers Chester City for the past two months having joined Rochdale from Darlington in the summer of 2008.

The central midfielder has made 34 appearances for Dale but  has not featured in Keith Hill's side this season.

Keltie spent seven years at Darlington where he was first given his chance as a teenager during Mick Tait's tenure at the club.

The Tynesider, who captained the Quakers for a spell, made 173 appearances for Darlington scoring ten goals and has impressed on loan at Chester.

"Keltie ran the show for Chester when they beat us at the International Stadium in October," added Bogie "he is a player I have been aware of for some time so it is good to get him through the door.

"At 26 he has a wealth of Football League experience and I am sure he will make an impact during his time at Gateshead and help us to climb the table."

By Jeff Bowron