Gateshead sign central defender White

18/11/2010, by Jeff Bowron

Alan WhiteWith James Curtis sidelined until the New Year with a broken foot Gateshead have moved swiftly to strengthen at the centre of defence.

The Tynesiders have signed vastly experienced centre back Alan White and the former Middlesbrough trainee will go straight into the 16 for the visit of Forest Green Rovers on Saturday.

The 34-year-old, who has signed on a monthly contract, has been a regular in the Stalybridge Celtic defence since the start of October, starting the last eight games.

White has played over 450 games in the Football League, most notably for Colchester United where he played over 150 matches in a four year stay.

The Darlington-born defender had two spells with his hometown club, including 24 appearances for the Quakers in League Two last season, as well as two spells with Luton Town.

He has also seen service with Leyton Orient, Boston United and Notts County and will bring a wealth of experience to Gateshead's back line.

"With Curtis out for up to eight weeks it was important we brought someone in as we only have two fit central defenders at the club," said manager Ian Bogie.

"White is a player with a tremendous Football League pedigree and he has been a regular for Conference North side Stalybridge recently.

"He is renowned for his heading ability. He is also a good leader and if he does well we will look to extend the deal.

"He has trained with us and is big and strong. He has playing regularly at Stalybridge, where he was made captain, and is in good condition.

"I am confident he will come in and do a good job. Losing Curtis was a blow but we now have three good central defenders in White, Ben Clark and Carl Jones."