Parkinson IN / Williams OUT

16/02/2010, by Jeff Bowron

Darren WilliamsGateshead have today signed experienced right sided midfield player Andy Parkinson while releasing former Sunderland and Bradford City player Darren Williams.

Parkinson, 30, has been playing for Cambridge United this season and starred for the U's in their 3-0 win over Gateshead earlier in the season.

The Merseysider spent seven years at Tranmere Rovers where he made almost 200 appearances and played in the 2000 League Cup final at Wembley.

A brief spell at Sheffield United was followed by two seasons at Grimsby Town where the wide man clocked up 92 games and scored 13 goals.

The next two years were spent at Notts County where he played 71 games before he was signed by Gary Brabin for Cambridge where he played in last season's Conference play-off final.

"Parkinson was one of the best players on the pitch when we played Cambridge at the Abbey Stadium in August," said Gateshead manager Ian Bogie.

"He has a lot to offer and is a big signing for the club. He is a seasoned campaigner in the Football League and hopefully the move will prove beneficial for both parties."

Parkinson put pen to paper today and will be in the squad to take on Barrow at the International Stadium tonight in the Blue Square Premier

Williams meanwhile was in the Gateshead side that lost at Hayes & Yeading on Saturday and has made 24 appearances for Gateshead this season.

"Williams has been a bit of a utility player for Gateshead and has done an okay job, but it is a case of one in and one out," added Bogie.

"We have signed nine players in 2010 and have to prune the squad accordingly. We thank Darren for his efforts and wish him all the best for the future."