Young goalkeeper currently part of the Gateshead FC Scholarship programme in partnership with Gateshead College.
Another young defensive signing from the summer of 2017, Theo Vassell joined the Tynesiders following a successful trial period. The former Stoke academy player spent the previous season on loan at Chester from Walsall and was part of a Lions defence that recorded seven straight National League clean sheets between September and October 2016. The right-back coincidentally made his professional league debut at the International Stadium for Chester, but for him it was one to forget, as the Heed secured a 3-0 victory.
Welsh left-back Scott Barrow signed for Gateshead in June 2017 following a season at Southern Premier side Merthyr Town after previously impressing in League Two with Newport County. A Swansea City youth player, Barrow left the Liberty Stadium outfit in 2006 and honed his trade with Port Talbot Town and Tamworth over a seven year period before switching to Macclesfield Town in 2014 where he was later named in the Conference Premier Team of the Year.
Scottish centre-back Fraser Kerr signed a contract with the Heed in July 2017 after spending the past two seasons in the Scottish League One with Cowdenbeath and Stenhousemuir respectively. The Birmingham City youth graduate didn’t make a first-team appearance for the Blues before he moved back north of the border to Motherwell. The 6ft 2in defender and former Scotland Under-21s international then went on to make 66 appearances for the Well between 2012 and 2015, scoring one goal as he helped them to back-to-back runners-up finishes in the Scottish Premiership.
Young defender Danny Burns joined the Heed from Buxton in September 2016 and spent the remainder of the 2016/17 season with the Bucks. An imposing centre-half, Burns linked up with Buxton after being released by Cambridge United in the summer of 2016. He spent much of the 2015/16 campaign out on loan, taking in spells with Bishop’s Stortford, Cambridge City and Lowestoft Town. Now Burns will be hoping to make an impact during his first season on Tyneside.
After a successful season for the Gateshead Under-19s side, the full-back made his first team debut in the final game of the 2016/17 National League season. Shortly after, he was offered a professional contract with the club.
Capped by Northern Ireland at U21 level, McLaughlin linked up with Gateshead ahead of the 2015-16 campaign, following a successful trial period at the International Stadium. Having started out at Newcastle United, McLaughlin first made a name for himself at York City between 2011 and 2013, a virtual ever-present as the Minstermen secured a return to the Football League in his maiden campaign at Bootham Crescent. Two seasons with Grimsby Town followed, where the midfielder racked up more than 60 appearances before returning to the North East.
Midfielder JJ O’Donnell completed a remarkable comeback from injury as he featured in the Gateshead starting XI for the first time in two and a half years at the back end of the 2016/17 season. His impressive displays in the final four matches of the season saw him awarded with a one year contract at the club. O’Donnell initially signed for Gateshead on loan from Luton Town in January 2014 and helped the club reach the Conference play-off final at Wembley. His stoppage time goal against Grimsby Town in the play-off semi-final at the International Stadium is sure to live long in the memory of many a Heed fan and following the end of his loan spell, the then 22-year-old signed for the Tynesiders on a permanent basis. A rare foot condition then threatened an early retirement for the left-sided player but plenty of hard work, support and determination literally helped O’Donnell get back on his feet with Gateshead keeping him involved through the role of kit manager – a position at the club he still holds today.
After initially being released by the club as a teenager after suffering an ACL injury during an Under-19s match in February 2016, White demonstrated remarkable tenacity by continuing to train with the club and eventually earning himself a professional contract just over one year later. He made his National League debut in April 2017, coming off the bench in a 2-0 defeat at Dover Athletic.
Ex-Sunderland winger signed by Steve Watson until the end of the 2017/18 season. Born in Winlaton, the 21-year-old wideman arrived on Wearside at the age of eight and went on to rise through the ranks at the Black Cats’ Academy of Light, representing the club at every level over a 13-year spell which came to an end by mutual consent in January 2018. The pacy winger usually operates on the left-flank but is also capable in the middle as a striker or number 10 if needed. A regular for the Sunderland’s under-23 side, Greenwood was named as the Premier League 2 Player of the Month in February 2016 before going on to earn an international cap with England’s under-20 side soon after. Greenwood made his Premier League debut for the Wearsiders on the final day of the 2015/16 season, starting in a 2-2 draw against Watford at Vicarage Road. His performances were rewarded with a new two-year deal with the Black Cats until the summer of 2018. But after limited first-team opportunities, that deal was mutually cut short as Greenwood parted company with the Championship club on 25 January and was quickly snapped up by Gateshead.