Gateshead release Clarke

08/11/2010, by Jeff Bowron

Shane ClarkeGateshead have released former Lincoln City midfielder Shane Clarke after a short spell at the club.

The 23 year old made 73 appearances, 24 off the bench, for hometown club Lincoln but had his contract paid up at the end of August.

Handed an initial one month deal at Gateshead Clarke played four reserve games but was limited to a brief cameo off the bench in the Conference at AFC Wimbledon.

The writing was on the wall when Gateshead last week brought in another central midfielder, Ashley Winn from Southport.

Manager Ian Bogie has decided not to offer Clarke an extended contract and has wished the player well for the future.

"Unfortunately Clarke did not do enough during his month on Tyneside to convince me that he would strengthen the squad," said Bogie.

"With Winn coming in we now have four central midfield players again and genuine competition for places."

Summer signing Jonny Allan meanwhile is set to resume training this week following a long standing knee problem.