Vanarama National League side Gateshead have signed goalkeeper Dan Hanford on a one-year deal.
The 25-year-old ex-Hereford keeper was released by Carlisle United this summer after making 33 appearances in two seasons.
He appeared in five of the Heed’s six pre-season fixtures and has done enough to convince manager Neil Aspin that he is worthy of a contract at the International Stadium.
Hanford, who had a spell with the Glenn Hoddle academy earlier in his career, will challenge another new Heed recruit Sam Johnson for the number one spot this season.
Gateshead manager Neil Aspin told the club’s website: “He has made a lot of appearances for Carlisle, which shows that he is good enough for this level.
He can talk well and he is competent in his decision making.
“He is somebody I feel will add to the squad.
“Neither keeper has had a lot of shots to save so far, but I have a decision to make with regards to who will start on Saturday.
“I want both keepers to be on their toes, and by having two of them here, they will be on their toes”
Gateshead begin their Vanarama National League campaign with a home game against Chester on Saturday