Gateshead in double transfer swoop

26/01/2010, by Jeff Bowron

Gateshead have made a double swoop in the transfer market, with another two signings a distinct possibility before the end of the transfer window.

Striker Brian Wake has joined the Tynesiders from Scottish first division club Greenock Morton while wide right player James Sinclair has signed on non-contract terms.

Gateshead also have bids in for three other players while a defender with experience in England, Ireland and Australia is also on the club's radar.

Brian Wake

Brian Wake

Brian Wake, 27, began his career at Tow Law Town before he moved into the professional game with Carlisle United in 2002.

The 6' 1" front man spent two seasons at Brunton Park scoring nine goals in 57 appearances including a hat-trick at Shrewsbury Town that preserved the Cumbrians Football League status.

The Teesider then moved into Scottish football spending the 2004-5 season at Gretna where he scored a goal every two games.

His next move was to Scarborough and then back across the border to Hamilton Academical where he was a team-mate of Chris Swailes.

The front man made 21 starts and 50 appearances off the bench for the Accies before he moved to Morton in January 2008 - his four goals in the last three games of the season keeping the club in the first division on goal difference.

Wake made 39 starts and 29 substitute appearances at Cappielow and was in the Morton side that lost 1-0 against Glasgow Celtic in the Scottish Cup a week ago.

"Wake is a player with a proven pedigree who we enquired about in the summer before he signed a one year deal to stay at Morton," said Gateshead manager Ian Bogie.

"He has signed on a free transfer and is contracted for the rest of the season and we will then take it from there.

"He is a hard working target man who can hold the ball up and who will give us a physical presence up front - and he has already proved that he can score important goals.

James Sinclair

James Sinclair, 22, spent there years at Bolton Wanderers where he made three substitute appearances, at Chelsea and West Ham in the Premier League and at Red Star Belgrade in the Uefa Cup.

The Tynesider tried his luck in America following his departure from Bolton in 2009, firstly for Chicago Fire and then San Jose Earthquake.

Hamstring problems however scuppered his chances and, after a recent trial in Norway, he has returned to his native North East.

As a youngster Sinclair was a talented athlete who established a UK under 15 sprint record and won a Scottish decathlon title.

"Sinclair is a player I have dealt with in the past when he was a teenager," said Bogie "he is a real flying machine and hopefully he'll be available for the rest of the season.

"He can play in a number of positions, including right midfield, and is a player who will increase our options going forward.

"After his release from Bolton last year a move into American football didn't work out but, like Wake, he is a good signing for this club.

"Both players will be in the squad for tonight's game against Kettering Town if the necessary paperwork is completed and both are eligible to play in the FA Trophy."