Gateshead sign winger O'Brien

09/02/2012, by Jeff Bowron

Alan O'BrienGateshead have completed the signing of Republic of Ireland international Alan O'Brien and the winger will go straight into the squad for Saturday's home game against Bath City.

O'Brien came through the ranks at Newcastle United where he made five appearances, four of them off the bench, and he played a similar number of games on loan at Carlisle United.

A two year stay in the SPL with Hibernian followed where he played half a century of games, over half of them off the bench.

O'Brien returned to England to join Swindon Town in 2009 and made 37 appearances including 13 starts for the Robins.

The 26-year-old joined Yeovil Town in the summer but after featuring in 14 games left Huish Park and became a free agent.

The fleet-footed Irishman has now returned to the North East where he joins a number of former Newcastle United players at Gateshead.

O'Brien has been capped five times by the Republic of Ireland and Gateshead manager Ian Bogie believes he is an exciting addition to the squad.

"O'Brien is a player who I have tried to bring to the club in the past so I am delighted to finally get him on board," said Bogie.

"He has experience of playing in both England and Scotland and will give us pace out wide on the left.

"As a player who spent his formative years at Newcastle United he is familiar with the area and will further strengthen our squad."

O'Brien joins fellow new recruits Jamie Chandler, Liam Hatch and Carl Magnay as Gateshead continue their push for the play-offs and Wembley in the FA Trophy.

The Dubliner will be involved against Bath City this weekend but is not eligible to play in the next round of the FA Trophy against Alfreton Town on Tuesday.