Gateshead have signed goalkeeper Mark Foden on a one-year deal following a successful trial, as well as former Wrexham forward Scott Boden.
Foden, a 22-year-old Scot, left Ross County in the summer after spending last season on loan at Scottish League Two side Sterling Albion and has been training with the Heed ever since. Foden has featured in all three of Gateshead’s pre-season friendlies so far, keeping a clean sheet in the 4-0 behind closed doors victory against Catalyst Sports Management.
And after signing for the Tynesiders, the former Hartlepool United trainee commented: “It’s great to be here at a new club and at a club that is so close to home.
“Obviously my (Scottish) accent doesn’t say it’s that close to home but I live in the area so it’s fantastic to find a club that has a real up and coming squad and the Gaffer is getting us well drilled.
“It’s exciting times to be here at Gateshead and the first few weeks here have been really good. The lads have really taken to me and made me feel like I’ve been here since day one.
“I knew this was a place that I could come in and be part of the lads so I think this is the best place to come in and really push on.”
As a goalkeeper, Foden is looking to bring a lot to the side and is excited to be part of things this season.
“I try to be a really commanding goalkeeper and make my teammates confident in me,” he added.
“It’s a team game and I’ll always try and motivate the team and push them on best I can because it’s not about the individuals, it’s about the team as a collective and we have to stick together.
“The Gaffer has a clear plan where he wants to play young, local lads who are all hungry to progress so it’s a good place to be. As a young player, I think it’s probably the best time to be at Gateshead right now.
“This season I’ll be looking to do well individually but most importantly help the team in the league and cup competitions and see where it takes us.
“The lads are going to go for it this season, that’s our mentality and it’s exciting to be part of it.”
The club have also agreed a one-year deal to sign former Wrexham forward Scott Boden.
The experienced National League striker left The Dragons at the end of the 2017/18 season, scoring three times in 36 appearances in all competitions.
Prior to his Wrexham spell, Boden’s previous stints with National League clubs Alfreton Town, Macclesfield Town and Halifax Town saw him score 38 goals in 115 appearances in total, prompting a move to League Two side Newport County in 2015.
Boden amassed over 100 Football League appearances with Chesterfield between 2008 and 2013, finding the net 15 times.
And the 28-year-old Yorkshireman enjoyed a solid spell back in the fourth tier with the exiles, scoring 15 times in 51 appearances.
A venture in the Scottish Premiership followed with Inverness Caledonian Thistle where Boden managed five goals in 19 appearances in all competitions before moving down to Wales in 2017.
While on trial at Gateshead, Boden has scored two goals in two matches, including one in the 4-1 win against Morpeth Town on Wednesday evening.