Former Blyth Spartans midfielder Connor Oliver has agreed a one-year deal at Gateshead.

The 25-year-old is the second new arrival in as many days, with his former Croft Park team-mate Alex Nicholson also signing for the Heed on Tuesday afternoon, while familiar faces from last season have re-joined in the form of JJ O’Donnell, Elliot Forbes and Mike Williamson as player-manager.

The Tyneside native began his career in the youth setup at Sunderland and spent brief spells in the Football League with Hartlepool United, Blackpool and Morecambe.

His first taste of regular football came with then-National League side North Ferriby United during the 2016/17 season, making 35 appearances and netting one goal before a move to Halifax Town the following season.

Oliver made 41 appearances for the Spartans last season as they reached the play-off semi-final, and after making the short jump to the International Stadium he spoke to

“I think the main reason I came was I know Ian (Watson) a lot,” he said.

“I know Ian as a friend and I’ve trained with him in the past so that was a main factor, you know you’re going to come in and enjoy it which is a big thing.

“I’ve spoken to Mike (Williamson) in the past but not too in-depth, but the plans that they want to put in place are a big reason why I wanted to come here.

“They spoke to me about the way the club is going to be structured, obviously its full-time football and I’ve been full-time previously so I know what it’s all about.”

The Sunderland academy graduate joins an ever-growing Gateshead squad, with Williamson and Watson moving quickly to build their squad before pre-season gets underway in July.

“Hopefully we can push up towards the top end of the league,” Oliver added.

“Personally, I just want to play as many games as possible and help the team do well.”


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