Yemi in - Shaw out

29/05/2012, by Jeff Bowron

Gateshead have secured the services of striker Yemi Odubade for another season but last season's top scorer Jon Shaw has decided to leave the club.

Odubade becomes the 11th of the 12 players offered new contracts to sign on the dotted line, Shaw the only one to reject a new deal.

"Jon Shaw has been a talisman for two seasons and was offered the best contract in Gateshead's history," said manager Ian Bogie.

"He had a fantastic season scoring 35 goals and he has been a revelation during his time here but has indicated his future is away from Gateshead

"In any walk of life, and particularly in football, anyone can be replaced. Shaw has been fantastic during his time at Gateshead but we now have to move on.

"Whoever we bring in will be someone who scores goals as well but we've got to respect Jon's decision to move on and wish him all the best in the future.

 

Jon Shaw

Shaw farewell

 

"Players are quickly forgotten about if someone comes in and does well and no one is irreplaceable.

"People wondered how we would replace Lee Novak but a year later Shaw came in and also scored a boat load of goals.

"We also had a real goalscorer in David Southern and Graeme Armstrong also did well before Novak joined the club.

"We're now looking to recruit seven new players over the summer and have held discussions with a number of targets."

The likes of Luton Town, Wrexham, Bradford City and newly promoted York City have been linked with a possible move for Shaw who said:

"I've got to give myself the best opportunity, listen to everybody's offers and see what's best for me and my family," said the free agent.

"I've got a few teams interested and, obviously, there are phone calls going on between myself, my agent and managers, but we've not got anything confirmed.

"There are a few teams in our league and possibly the league above, but at the minute I don't know where I'll be going, I just know that I will be."

Gateshead currently have three front men on their books; Liam Hatch, Yemi Odubade and Nathan Fisher and will look to bring in at least one more.

Bogie meanwhile is delighted that Odubade, whose first season on Tyneside was blighted by injury, has decided to stay at the club.

"Yemi missed 18 games last season due to breaking a metatarsal on two occasions, but hopefully will stay injury free this time around," added Bogie.

"On his day he is an exciting player and I expect a lot from him. He is a real threat with his pace and experience and will be raring to go after a good pre-season.

"He has been around the block with a few clubs, including Stevenage and Oxford United, and he has been well looked after at Gateshead.

"The way we play suits his style and with Shaw gone we will need more goals from all of our strikers."

Despite missing 20 games in total Odubade still claimed the most assists last season.

The 27-year-old also claimed the 'Goal of the Season' for his superb individual strike against Mansfield Town at the International Stadium.

"Last season had its moments but was very frustrating due to the two lengthy periods I had on the sidelines," said Odubade.

"It was the first time I had played for a club up north. I enjoyed the experience and hopefully this season we can take the extra step and get into the play-offs."

 

Yemi Odubade

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