Bartlett joins the Heed revolution

08/06/2012, by Jeff Bowron

Adam BartlettGateshead have made their second impressive signing of the week with Hereford United's former England C goalkeeper Adam Bartlett returning to his native Tyneside.

Former Newcastle United trainee Bartlett, 26, has spent the last three seasons at Edgar Street where he played 121 games for the Bulls.

"Bartlett is a player we have tracked for a long time so I am delighted that we have finally got him," said Gateshead boss Ian Bogie.

"He had a very good first season in the Football League at Hereford and on the back of that signed a two-year deal.

"He is a another local lad and a very good keeper who was named Conference Goalkeeper of the Year in his one season at Kidderminster Harriers in 2008/9.

"He is highly regarded and will bring undoubted qualities to the club, and after James Brown this is another top quality signing for Gateshead."

Gateshead released 12 players after finishing a creditable 8th in the Conference Premier last season including both goalkeepers, Tim Deasy and Paul Farman.

"We have been working hard to strengthen the squad in the summer and the first two we have brought in are out of the top drawer," added Bogie.

"Bartlett is a good all round goalkeeper and is a top acquisition who I am delighted to welcome to the Club."

 

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Tynesider Bartlett spent three years at Blyth Spartans following his release from Newcastle and he gained the first of his five England C caps while at Croft Park.

He was an ever-present for Conference outfit Kidderminster in 2008/9 and played for Cambridge United in the play-off final at Wembley at the end of that campaign.

Last season he played 20 games for Hereford who were relegated into the Blue Square Bet Premier on the final day.

A statement on the Bulls website said: "Adam expressed a wish to return north for family reasons, which the Club has agreed to.

"The Club would like to wish him well for the future and place on record their thanks for his performances and effort whilst at Edgar Street."

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