Gateshead sign Irish striker Mulligan

06/08/2010, by Jeff Bowron

Gary MulliganGateshead have boosted their strike force with the signing of Republic of Ireland under 21 international Gary Mulligan on an initial five-month deal.

The 25 year old made over a century of appearances for Gillingham after starting his career at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Mulligan spent the 2005-6 season at Sheffield United where he was limited to two League Cup appearances and was sent on loan to Port Vale and Gillingham.

The Dubliner then scored 14 goals in 101 games for the Gills, 69 of them starts, before he moved on to Northampton Town last season.

Restricted to two starts and seven substitute appearances for the Cobblers the hard working front man has linked up with Gateshead after spending time on trial at Cheltenham Town.

Gateshead have already brought in four new strikers during the close season though former Sheffield Wednesday front man Jon Shaw has yet to kick a ball due to injury.

Mulligan made his Gateshead bow in the goalless draw at FC Halifax Town in midweek and will spearhead the attack in Saturday's final warm up game against Guiseley.

"Mulligan did well in the first half at The Shay," said Bogie "he is lacking a bit of match fitness but showed enough for me to decide to take a punt on the player.

"At 25, and standing at 6' 1", he already has a lot of experience at League One and League Two level and of course has represented his country.

"He makes clever runs, holds the ball up well and leads the line. Hopefully he will also score goals, especially as this is the first time he plied his trade in non-league football."

Mulligan was recommended to Bogie by former Sunderland midfielder Gordon Armstrong and Bogie is confident the Irishman will impress.

"He is here initially until the end of December but if he does well the contract will be extended - and I believe he will prove to be a good signing for the club."

Former Barrow goalkeeper Tim Deasy meanwhile has agreed terms on an initial three-month contract and Bogie will give a run out to another striker and left back at Guiseley.

"With Paul Farman injured Deasy will start the season as first choice goalkeeper," added Bogie "he is proven at Conference level and did well for Barrow last season.

"Mark Cook, who was number two keeper at Hartlepool United last season, has joined the club on non-contract terms and will give further competition in that department.

"The striker flying in is a foreigner who has been playing in Europe and we'll see how he goes at Guiseley as well as the left back."