Media Watch - Gateshead receive Terriers transfer boost

04/02/2010, by Jeff Bowron, Evening Chronicle

Gateshead have taken their earnings this season to £160,000 after former striker Lee Novak completed 30 games for Huddersfield Town in his first season at the Galpharm Stadium.

Novak signed for the Terriers for an initial down payment of £50,000 with two further instalments of the same amount paid on the completion of 15 and 30 games.

The 21 year old, who has scored six goals for Lee Clark's side, reached 30 games in Town's last outing, a 1-0 win at Yeovil Town.

At £150,000 Novak is comfortably a record transfer for North East non-league football and Gateshead chairman Graham Wood is delighted he has made an impact in Yorkshire.

Wood said: "Lee scored 28 goals in 38 games during our promotion campaign last season and I'm not surprised he has done so well at Huddersfield.

"They rate him highly and he has been involved in the first team from day one. It shows what a quality player he is and he will only get better.

"It was a good deal for both clubs and a fair one for a player who is a natural goalscorer and has a long career ahead of him.

"Becoming a full time club next season will be expensive so £100,000 this season from the Novak transfer has been a tremendous help in difficult economic times."

As well as the six-figure sum for Novak Gateshead have accrued £23,500 in prizemoney from the FA Cup and Trophy and a one-off £30,000 donation from the Premier League.

"We've also had some money from the Football Conference central fund and with sponsorship money down this season the finance coming into the club has been invaluable."

Gateshead meanwhile saved £15,000 during the transfer window when their bid to bring Rushden & Diamonds goalkeeper Dale Roberts back to the North East fell through.

Terms had been agreed with both club and player for the England C international and former Nottingham Forest number two that could have seen the fee rise to £20,000.

However Rushden's attempts to bring in a replacement were unsuccessful leaving York City midfielder Andy Ferrell at £3,500 as Gateshead's only outlay in transfer fees in January.

Had the Roberts deal gone through it would have been a record transfer fee for Gateshead whose most expensive capture remains striker Paul Cavell.

The former Dagenham & Redbridge and Boston United player cost £9,000 in 1994 but scored only three goals in 21 appearances before moving on.

"With Jim Provett's contract up at the end of the season the idea was to have two quality young keepers at the club vying for the number one spot," added Wood

"Roberts is a non-league international while Paul Farman has been on England C standby and done very well this season, his first at this level.

"Unfortunately the deal fell through but, in Farman and Provett, we're fortunate to have two quality goalkeepers at Gateshead."