Chandler Delight At New Deal

06/06/2014, by Jeff Bowron

Midfield dynamo Jamie Chandler has expressed his delight at signing a new one-year deal at Gateshead.

The 25-year-old former Sunderland and Darlington player scored a personal best nine goals last season having joined the Club midway through the 2011/12 season.

Chandler made his 100th appearance for The Heed in the Conference Premier semi-final 2nd leg win over Grimsby Town and played 46 games last season.

"I'm delighted to be staying at Gateshead, which is the only place I want to play my football," said Chandler "it's a great club, vey friendly, and one that plays good football.

"We went very close to getting back into the Football League last season and we want to go one better in 2014/15."


Jamie Chandler

Photo by Martin Avery


Chandler found himself on the bench in February but came back strongly during a 14 game unbeaten run up to The Skrill Premier Promotion Final.

"February was a tough time for me, but these things happen during a season. I had faith in my ability and happily turned it around in the remaining months.

"To score nine goals was pleasing. I had previously been a defensive midfielder and took time to adapt to a more attacking role, but it went well.

"I hadn't scored that many goals in a season before and, hopefully, I'll get into double figures next season.

"Even though we lost at Wembley it was a great effort to get there, and we can take a lot of positives from last season.

"Gary Mills and Darren Caskey have done a great job. They are very positive and I'm sure they will attract some good players to the Club over the summer."

Mills, who has held talks with several targets and is delighted to keep Chandler on board.

"Post Christmas he did very well," said Mills "he is a player with plenty of energy who scored some vital goals, and I'm pleased to keep him at Gateshead.

"Regarding new players a couple have been offered deals and have gone away to think about them, and I'm talking to others."