Midfielder Luke Hannant has joined up with former Gateshead manager Neil Aspin at League Two side Port Vale.
The 24-year-old has made a positive impact during his second season on Tyneside, twice being named as the Club’s Player of the Month in September and October respectively. Port Vale currently sit 18th in the fourth tier and are managed by ex-Heed boss Neil Aspin, who left the International Stadium for Vale Park last October.
The attacking-midfielder was signed by Aspin from Northern League Division Two side Team Northumbria, agreeing non-contract terms with Gateshead in August 2016 following a successful trial period. Originally from Norwich, Hannant gradually became a first-team regular over the course of the 2016/17 season, scoring his first goal for the club in a 4-1 New Year’s Eve victory against Barrow.
His impressive displays under Aspin were rewarded with his first full-time professional contract at the International Stadium in March 2017. And with three goals and six assists in 24 matches this season, Hannant has gone on to cement his place in the starting-11 under Steve Watson.
With five goals in 46 matches in total, Hannant’s final contribution in a Gateshead shirt was netting the winner in Tuesday night’s FA Trophy replay victory at Boreham Wood.