Former York Pair Join Gateshead

30/06/2014, by Jeff Bowron

Gateshead have added former York City pair Michael Rankine and Tom Allan to their squad, having signed Barnsley defender Andrai Jones earlier in the day.

Much-travelled striker Rankine played for Hereford United last season and scored the 88th minute winner at Aldershot on the final day to keep the Bulls in the Conference.

Hereford were subsequently thrown out of the Football Conference for financial irregularities and free agent Rankine has joined Gateshead on a one-year contract.

The 29-year-old has played in League Two for Scunthorpe United, Aldershot Town and while on loan back at York and at AFC Bournemouth.

In the Conference the big frontman has featured for York, Rushden & Diamonds and Hereford United, and in the Conference North at Alfreton Town.

 

Michael Rankine

 

The Doncaster-born forward has also had loan spells at Barrow, where he started his senior career, and Grimsby Town.

Rankine scored 14 goals in 46 games under current Gateshead boss Gary Mills at York in 2010/11 before moving back into the Football League with Aldershot.

He played over a century of games for both Rushden & Diamonds and York City and will add a physical presence and experience to the Heed front line.

"Rankine is a vastly experienced player who played for me at York and Alfreton," said Mills "he knows what I'm about and what I expect from him.

"He's a powerful lad, a real handful, and someone who will give us something a bit different.

"He's a player I've always liked, and one that has done well for me in the past. Along with Jon Shaw he's another proven player that can play down the middle.

"Central defenders certainly know they have been in a game when they face him and I'm delighted to get the chance to work with him for a third time."

Tom Allan, meanwhile, is another who is no stranger to Mills, having come through the ranks at hometown club York City.

While still a second-year trainee Allan, 20 in October, was handed a one-and-a-half-year professional contract with York in December 2012, by then City manager Mills.

He made his senior debut as a 56th minute substitute in York's 4–1 League Two home win over Bristol Rovers later that month.

His full debut came in April 2013 in a 2–0 away win at Northampton, and he finished the 2012/13 season with five appearances for the Minstermen.

He signed for Conference North outfit Harrogate Town on a one-month loan in November 2013, and made another five appearances for York in League two last season.

The big defender turned down the offer of a new contract at Bootham Crescent and has now been reunited with Mills at Gateshead.

"Allan is a player I had at York with a big future ahead of him," said Mills "at 6' 4" he is good in the air, but he can also play and has good pace.

"I'm looking to continue his development. Despite his age he's already got Football League experience and I'm delighted to get him on board.

"While he can also play at left-back he is primarily a centre-half, and one that will provide competition for the two central defenders we already have at the club."

 

Tom Allan

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