Rents up in Gateshead!

31/05/2011, by Jeff Bowron

Sam RentsGateshead have completed their second signing of the summer with the capture of Crawley Town left back Sam Rents.

Rents, 24 later this month, began his career with hometown club Brighton where he progressed through the ranks to play 35 games.

As a teenager Rents made 28 appearances during the Seagulls 2006/7 League One campaign but was limited to seven the next season.

Moving on to Crawley Town the defender was a regular at Crawley for the next two years before he suffered a bad facial injury during the last pre-season.

Out for three months Rents was unable to reclaim his regular birth for the Football League bound Red Devils and finished the season on loan at Hayes & Yeading United.

With experienced left back Paul Heckingbottom released and Michael Liddle returning to parent club Sunderland, Gateshead were on the look out for a left back and manager Ian Bogie is delighted to have persuaded Rents to head north.

"Left back was an area we needed to address," said Bogie "Rents fits the bill, he's the right age and has Football League and top flight non-league experience.

"We put him and his girlfriend up in a hotel last week so that he could look around the area and check out the excellent facilities we have at Gateshead.

"He was obviously interested in the move as he drove five hours from the south coast and I'm delighted that he has agreed to take up the challenge.

"It shows the lad has character and belief in his own ability. He has been given an initial one-year contract but this can be extended if the move proves to be a success.

"We have now added two quality players to the squad. It is important to be patient as we have to make sure we get the right calibre of player.

"Rents and Micky Cummins fall into that category. We have offers in for several other players and are constantly scouring the market."

Two targets north of the border have been identified and feelers put out for two players who were at a Championship and League One club last season.

"We are aiming high. Because of that it is harder to nail players down. They want to play at the highest level, finance is always important and you have to factor in geography where we are concerned.

"However, we have an excellent set up at Gateshead. The players are well looked after and the club is very much on the up."

"We have conducted good business so far and if the rest of the summer is as productive then we will have a good squad in place when the season gets underway in August."