Deasy deal extended
Goalkeeper Tim Deasy has agreed terms on a new contract that will extend the 25 year old goalkeeper's stay on Tyneside until the end of the season.
Deasy joined Gateshead just before the start of the current campaign from Barrow, and featured in the Tynesiders last two pre-season friendlies.
The Salford-born glove man, who played a handful of games for Macclesfield Town and Stockport County earlier in his career, initially joined Gateshead on a three month short-term deal.
Impressive performances between the sticks have now seen that arrangement extended, much to the delight of both parties.
"My first aim was to play well and secure a contract until at least the end of the season so I'm happy to have done that," said Deasy.
"I have fitted in well and it is a very professional set up at Gateshead who look after the players very well.
"Training full-time and having an excellent goalkeeping coach has made me sharper and improved my game.
"I am happy with my form and am confident that I will continue to progress over the next few months.
"Defensively we have done very well since the heavy defeat at Cambridge at the beginning of September and I have a good set of lads in front of me.
"Centre backs James Curtis and Ben Clark have been awesome and they have made life much easier for me over the last couple of months.
"My role is more coming off my line to sweep up at the minute rather than being the last line of defence and long may that continue."
With last season's number one Paul Farman back in training after a knee operation Deasy expects the competition for the number one jersey to be fierce.
"I have been an ever-present so far and I'd like to keep it that way but having Faz (Farman) and Cookie (Mark Cook) as rivals means I will have to perform consistently.
"We'll bring the best out of each other. There is a lot of banter but I am aware they are both desperate to take the jersey off me."
Manager Ian Bogie had no hesitation in extending Deasy's stay on Tyneside as Gateshead look to build on an encouraging opening third of the season.
"We took a bit of a chance on Deasy because he had not been first choice for Barrow although he had played a fair amount of games for them," said Bogie.
"He was training with Stalybridge Celtic and looked like dropping into the Conference North but I have been pleased with the job he has done so far.
"The lad is a strong character and has done well. He has fitted in nicely, has worked hard on the training field and has earned his new contract.
"He has enjoyed his brief time at Gateshead and is aware that he will have to maintain his standards if he is to hold on to the number one shirt as there is genuine competition for places."
Deasy, who turned in a Man of the Match performance in Barrow's 3-0 FA Cup defeat at Sunderland last season, meanwhile is looking for more Cup glory.
"We are all looking forward to facing Notts County in the FA Cup on November 6th but before that we have to make sure we get the win we are looking for against Cambridge United on Saturday."
Tim Deasy challenges ex-Gateshead striker Daryl Clare