Gateshead have announced the signing of Toby Lees on a season-long loan from Harrogate Town.
The defender’s arrival takes the Heed’s squad up to eight players, including player-manager Mike Williamson, and he becomes the second man to join on loan from the National League side after the arrival of Liam Agnew last week.
The 22-year-old made one National League appearance for the club last season, playing 90 minutes in their final day defeat to Wrexham.
Lees spent the early portion of the 2018/19 campaign out on brief loan spells, firstly with National League North side Boston United in August before later joining Northern Premier League Premier Division side Whitby at the end of September.
The defender spent two months with the Blues, winning the club’s Player of the Month award for November for his consistent displays.
Speaking to gateshead-fc.com, Lees revealed that the way the coaching staff are looking to set the side up was one of the deciding factors in the move.
“One of my main attributes is probably being comfortable on the ball and being able to play out from the back,” he said.
“I know from speaking to Mike that’s something he’s maybe looking to do, so that was another thing that really drew me in.
“He wants to get a good squad together that have the confidence to get on the ball and play with a high intensity, and that matches what my strengths are.
“I’m feeling positive towards getting going with Gateshead and hitting the ground running, hopefully it’s a positive season both personally and for Gateshead.
“I’m at a point where I’m just looking to get loads of games under my belt, and when I heard about Gateshead I thought it would be a great opportunity for me.
“Performance wise you’ve got to prove yourself but hopefully I can play some games and develop as a player, also by learning from Mike and developing under him both on and off the pitch.”