Gateshead FC First Team Squad - Forwards

9. Jon Shaw - Forward

Date of Birth:
10/11/1983 (age 31)
Previous Clubs:
Sheffield Wednesday, York City (Loan), Burton Albion, Halifax Town, Rochdale, Crawley Town (Loan), Barrow (Loan), Mansfield Town, Luton Town
Sponsors:
Chris Wilson

Experienced striker Shaw linked up with Gateshead for the third time in the summer from Conference champions Luton Town. The former England C international began his career at hometown club Sheffield Wednesday, where he made 21 appearances, and he then played over a century of games for Burton Albion. After scoring 20 goals in 37 games for Halifax Town during 2007/8 a £50,000 move to Rochdale was secured. After loan spells at Crawley Town, Barrow and Gateshead Shaw joined Mansfield Town, and then Gateshead permanently in 2010. He had scored 56 goals in 96 games for The Heed when he signed for Luton on a two-year deal. Marked his 100th Gateshead appearance with a goal in the 3-0 win at Wrexham in August 2014.

 

11. Carl Finnigan - Forward

Date of Birth:
01/10/1986 (age 28)
Previous Clubs:
Newcastle United, Falkirk, St Johnstone, Dundee, Chippa United

Former Newcastle United academy and reserve forward Finnigan signed for Gateshead after being released by South African club Chippa United. The Jarrow-born player had a prolific spell north of the Border with Falkirk, and has also represented St Johnstone and Dundee.

 

17. Meechak Kanda - Forward

Date of Birth:
10/10/1995 (age 19)
Previous Clubs:
Birtley Town
Sponsors:
Dets

A teenage striker who has come through the Gateshead College youth system, Kanda featured for the first-team in pre-season and was named on the bench by manager Gary Mills for the 1-0 win at Altrincham in August.

 

19. Michael Rankine - Forward

Date of Birth:
15/01/1985 (age 30)
Previous Clubs:
Doncaster Rovers, Barrow, Scunthorpe United, Armthorpe Welfare, Alfreton Town, Rushden & Diamonds, Bournemouth (loan), York City, Aldershot Town, Grimsby Town (loan), Hereford United
Sponsors:
Michael Hood

Much travelled front man Rankine has played in League Two for Scunthorpe United, Aldershot Town, and also while on loan at York City and AFC Bournemouth. He has also featured for York, Rushden & Diamonds and Hereford United in the Conference top flight, and in the Conference North at Alfreton Town and Barrow. The Doncaster-born striker scored 14 goals in 46 games under current Gateshead boss Gary Mills at York in 2010/11, which earned a move back into the Football League with Aldershot. Rankine played over a century of games for both Rushden & Diamonds and York City scoring 53 goals and was with Hereford United last season.

 

27. Kevin Sainte-Luce - Forward

Date of Birth:
28/04/1993 (age 22)
Previous Clubs:
Cardiff City, AFC Wimbledon

A pacy wide-man who joined the club in January 2015. Born in Guadeloupe, Sainte-Luce came through the ranks at Cardiff City, before joining AFC Wimbledon in 2013. He made 46 appearances for the Dons, scoring three times.

 

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