Gateshead have sold striker Scott Boden to fellow National League side Chesterfield for an undisclosed fee.
The 29-year-old striker made over 100 Football League appearances for the Spireites between 2008 and 2013 and returns to his former club as Gateshead’s current top scorer this season with 12 goals. Boden arrived at the International Stadium last summer following his release from National League side Wrexham and went on to make 32 appearances in all competitions.
He netted twice in the Heed’s 3-0 win at Chesterfield back in September and has also scored in each of his last three National League matches. The Sheffield-born striker was subject to a bid from Chesterfield earlier in the month and subsequently requested to leave Gateshead following Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Boreham Wood.
After much discussion and deliberation, Boden was reluctantly granted his request by the club’s owner. Gateshead manager Ben Clark said:
“It’s incredibly disappointing. We told Scott that we didn’t want him to leave and couldn’t let him leave while we were under a transfer embargo as we couldn’t replace him.
“But Scott made it incredibly clear to us that he did not want to be at the football club any longer – to the point where we felt it could have a significant effect on our dressing room. We’ve got a young dressing room and with Scott as one of the more experienced players in that dressing room, you need him to lead by example which, unfortunately, he hasn’t.
“Obviously, we want everyone who is here to want to be at the club and play for the club. You are always going to get some players who aren’t happy but we as a club expect those players to conduct themselves in a professional and respectful manner.
“We’re extremely disappointed with how things have panned out, but for us, a key part of our season has been how we’ve stuck together as a team so it’s important that we continue to do that.”