Jamie Chandler will be leaving Gateshead upon expiration of his current contract this summer.

The 27-year-old has racked up over 150 appearances for Gateshead since joining from Darlington in January 2012, and has found the net 20 times.

Chandler opened his account for the Tynesiders on his debut, a 2-2 draw against Braintree Town in the FA Trophy just 24 hours after his signing.

He played almost 70 minutes in the Heed’s play-off final defeat to Cambridge United at Wembley two seasons ago, and also figured in last year’s FA Cup Third Round tie at top-flight West Bromwich Albion.

This time out, Chandler’s campaign has been hampered by successive injury setbacks, restricted to just 16 starts in total.

All told, he has made 24 appearances this term, and scored his last goal for the club in last season’s 2-1 win over Macclesfield Town at the International Stadium.

With half-a-dozen Vanarama National League fixtures remaining for Gateshead, however, supporters may not have seen the last of Chandler just yet.

Chairman Richard Bennett paid tribute to Chandler’s accomplishments in recent years, the midfielder having established himself as a firm fans’ favourite during his tenure with the club.

He said: “Jamie has been a loyal and dedicated servant to Gateshead in his four-and-a-half years at the club.

“His passion for the game both on and off the field is unsurpassed.

“He always makes time for everyone he meets, and he is a real credit to the sport.

“Jamie will always be made welcome here at Gateshead, and we wish him and his family the very best for the future.”

Source: www.gateshead-fc.com

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