Blyth Spartans have announced the signing of former Hartlepool United defender Michael Nelson on a deal until the end of the season.
The experienced defender joins having left his assistant manager role at League Two side Stevenage earlier this month.
Last season he signed a one-year deal with National League side Chesterfield before joining Gateshead in the summer in a player-coach role.
Manager Lee Clark said: “Michael obviously has a wealth of experience at all levels of the game. He is a standout leader in all aspects of the game and last Saturday, especially first half, we lacked a dominant leader in the team.
“He will help all players with his knowledge and know-how of the game. I’m delighted to get his quality and experience on board.”