Gateshead sign former Lincoln City midfielder

06/10/2010, by Jeff Bowron

Shane ClarkeGateshead have signed midfield man Shane Clarke on an initial one month contract following the 22 year old's release from Lincoln City at the end of August.

Clark put pen to paper before last night's 4-1 friendly win at Chester-le-Street Town where he scored the Tynesiders third goal.

Last season the midfielder played 33 games for Lincoln but was subsequently transfer listed and then allowed to leave by recently departed manager Chris Sutton.

Clarke has been training with Hinckley United since he agreed to have his contract paid up by Lincoln and will now attempt to secure a longer term deal at Gateshead.

"I have spoken to Musser (Paul Musselwhite) at Lincoln City about the player and he believes Clarke can do a job sitting in midfield," said Bogie.

"He hasn't played for awhile and the pitch wasn't great at Chester Moor but it will have done him good to get a game under his belt.

"He has had a month out of the game and hopefully a new environment will bring the best out of him and he can get his appetite for the game back.

"We are taking a bit of a gamble but it is one worth taking as we are still looking to bring a couple of players into the club.

"A combative midfielder is one requirement and hopefully Clarke will show he can fill that role. If he does well in his month at the club then we will look to extend the deal."

Gambian wide man Bakary Bojang was also on the scoresheet against the Cestrians along with Andy Ferrell and Josh Gillies.

The 24 year old was previously on Danish club OB Odense's books and had trials at several clubs in the summer including Tranmere Rovers and Hartlepool United.

"Bojang has been training with us and this was his first run out," added Bogie "he has been recommended by Brian Honour who has had him at Horden this season.

"We've also got an American midfielder who will be training with us from Thursday and we'll have a look at him during the reserves game at Hartlepool United next week."