Gateshead land defender Chris Bush

21/06/2012, by Paul Reece

Gateshead manager Ian Bogie has completed his third signing of the summer following the arrival of highly-rated defender Chris Bush.

The 20-year-old, who made 26 appearances for League Two side AFC Wimbledon last season, has signed a one-year contract at the International Stadium.

London-born Bush can play comfortably at centre-half and left-back and will join fellow new boys Adam Bartlett and James Brown on Tyneside.


Chris Bush in action for Wimbledon against Stevenage in the FA Cup

Chris Bush in action for Wimbledon against Stevenage in the FA Cup


Bogie said: "Bush is a fantastic signing, he is a big and powerful defender and played over twenty games in the football league last season.

"He will be a great addition to the side and will fit straight into our squad.

"At 6 foot 3 inches he will add to our aerial presence and will help to improve our all-round physical presence.

"We have a real physical presence now with the likes of Liam Hatch, James Curtis, Carl Magnay and now Bush in our squad."

The young defender began his career at League One side Brentford and enjoyed spells on loan at Salisbury City, Woking and Thurrock and Wimbledon.

Turning down a new contract at Griffin Park Bush opted to join Wimbledon last summer.

The Heed boss has also paid tribute to exiting striker Jon Shaw today, after the forward completed his move Conference Premier rivals Luton Town.

Bogie said: "I would personally like to thank Jon Shaw on behalf of myself, the staff and the supporters for his service to the club and look forward to facing him next season.

"He has been a fantastic professional during his time at the club and we would like to wish him all the best - except when he plays against Gateshead!"