Gateshead in major double signing

07/06/2011, by Jeff Bowron

Gateshead have made a double swoop in the transfer market to sign former Oxford United and Stevenage pair Yemi Odubade and Eddie Odhiambo on initial one-year contracts.

Striker Odubade, 26, joins Gateshead from Stevenage having been top scorer during the Hertfordshire club's 2009/10 Conference Premier championship winning season.

The Nigerian also starred for Stevenage in the 2010 FA Trophy final at Wembley having previously spent three years at Oxford United where he scored 31 goals in 143 games.

The pacy front runner had earlier been a goal machine for hometown clubs Eastbourne Town and Eastbourne Borough from where he joined Oxford for £25,000 after a brief spell at Yeovil Town.

Odubade played 22 League Two, FA Cup and Carling Cup games for Stevenage last season before finishing the campaign on loan at Newport County.

Eddie Odhiambo and Yemi Odubade

 

Odhiambo, a team-mate of Odubade's at Oxford, Stevenage and Newport is a utility player whose main position is right back.

Like Odubade Odhiambo was part of Stevenage's Conference Premier promotion campaign and he has also played in a Wembley Trophy final as well as having play-off experience.

The Tanzania-born 25-year-old's career began at Southampton before he spent two years at Oxford United making 81 appearances and scoring five goals.

Odhiambo moved on to Stevenage and played 18 games during the club's hugely successful 2009/10 campaign before moving on to Newport County.

An arm injury impacted on his time in South Wales though he was in the Newport side that won at Gateshead on the final day of the season.

Both players have proven Conference Premier pedigree and will be major additions to the squad, midfielder Micky Cummins having already been brought in from Grimsby Town and left back Sam Rents from champions Crawley Town.

Remarkably all four summer signings have played for clubs that play at athletics stadiums; Odubade and Odhiambo at Newport, Rents at Brighton's Withdean and Cummins for Rotherham at the Don Valley Stadium.

Gateshead manager Ian Bogie meanwhile is delighted to have landed both Odubade and Odhiambo.

"They are two players who have vast experience in the Conference Premier and have played at a very high standard," said Bogie.

"Eddie was outstanding as a marauding right back against us for Newport on the last day of the season and another string to his bow is that he can cover in the central midfield areas, right midfield and at left back.

"He is a great athlete and will bring a wealth of experience and great quality. Newport's fans were disappointed he was released and we snapped him up as soon as we knew he was available.

"I like what he had to say and how ambitious he is as a player. He is impressed with what we have achieved at Gateshead and what we want to achieve.

"Yemi is a proven goalscorer who was a popular player at both Oxford and Stevenage, and a player that will excite the supporters.

"By his own high standards he will have been slightly disappointed with how last season panned out but if you look at his goals ratio at every club he has been it is outstanding.

"When we lost 5-3 at Stevenage a couple of seasons ago he scored one of their goals and was a constant thorn in our side and he's the type of player all teams would like to have.

"He has blistering pace and a good eye for goal and without doubt is an outstanding signing for the club.

"Our last three signings have all been the south of the country. That hasn't happened before and it shows how far Gateshead Football Club has come.

"We're now attracting players from all over the country. They are well looked after on and off the pitch and we expect them to put in top drawer performances.

"As far as Yemi and Eddie are concerned it is a win-win situation - if they do well we will keep them longer, it is as simple as that.

"Up front we now have Shaw, Fisher, Mulligan and Odubade and there will be a lot of clubs in the Blue Square Bet Premier envious of the four strikers we now have at our disposal."

Ian Bogie with Eddie Odhiambo and Yemi Odubade

Photos by Paul Reece

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