JJ O’Donnell has agreed a new one-year deal at Gateshead Football Club and returns as kit manager, subject to FA and National League ratification.

The 27-year-old midfielder has been involved at the Heed since 2014 and has had to endure the last two turbulent summers at the club.

But now the former Luton Town man is delighted to finally get everything sorted.

“It’s amazing you know,” O’Donnell told Gateshead-FC.com.

“I’ve been at the club for five years now and after the turmoil of last season, it’s just great that the club is finally sorted and back in the hands of people who actually care.

“I was always hopeful and it came so close to going completely but it’s been turned around and even though we’re in the National League North, we still have a football club.

“I’m a player but I’m also a Gateshead fan and it’s just great to see that it’s still going.

“My journey here has been an amazing one so far for better or worse and I’m just delighted to be given the chance to continue it.

“Now I’m just looking to stay fit and kick-on because I know I’ll have a lot to give at this level.”

Despite being pleased to agree a new deal at the Heed, O’Donnell admitted he had slightly mixed emotions that his former teammate and manager Ben Clark would not be returning.

The former Gateshead captain has joined fellow Heed legend James Curtis at the Newcastle United Foundation.

“I have to say something about Ben Clark as well,” O’Donnell continued.

“With everything that has happened, it’s great to still have the club but for me, it’s still going to be mixed emotions slightly because someone who won’t be there is someone who has been there since day one with me.

“Clarky was the first person who came over on the bus to talk to me when I first joined the club at Grimsby away.

“I’ve met a lot of people in football but he’s the best and I wish him all the very best for the future at the Newcastle United Foundation.

“It hit me quite hard to be honest because Gateshead Football Club without Ben Clark just won’t be the same.

“At the same time Mike (Williamson) and Busted (Ian Watson) are amazing as well and I’m really looking forward to working with them again.”

Source: www.gateshead-fc.com

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