Gateshead have made their 10th and 11th signings of the summer as midfielders Cameron Salkeld and Lewis Maloney agree one-year deals at the International Stadium.
19-year-old winger Salkeld, previously of Carlisle, spent time on loan at Whitby Town and Annan Athletic last season and has been on trial with the Heed squad since the start of pre-season. Former Middlesbrough Under-23s midfielder Maloney has been training with Steve Watson’s side since last season and has now secured a playing contract at the club.
After signing, the 23-year-old Teessider commented: “I’m buzzing to finally get it over the line and to be given the chance to play competitive professional football is what I’ve wanted since I first came here and I can’t wait to get started.
“I’m a small, technical midfielder with a good engine and I’ll always give 100% for the team.
“We played a game yesterday which I enjoyed. It was good to be out there on the pitch, we passed it about well and it was good to get some minutes on the pitch ahead of our first pre-season game on Sunday.
“I’m delighted to be here, close to home and with a good bunch of lads and at a club who has exciting targets for the season.
“Now I just can’t wait to get started and get some league games under my belt.”
Low Fell lad Salkeld, who can operate on either wing, made two competitive appearances for Carlisle in the EFL Trophy, grabbing a goal and an assist against Fleetwood Town and Blackburn Rovers respectively.
And now the teenager is delighted to be back on Tyneside playing for his hometown club.
“It’s great to be back here at Gateshead,” Salkeld admitted. “I played for the boys club when I was younger, before moving to Newcastle United.
“I’m a local lad from Low Fell and I know a lot about the club. I went down as a supporter to Wembley with Gateshead so I’m really happy to sign here.
“It’s fair to say I’m a bit of a fan, my family support the club but now I just want to play football and help the club get back to where it belongs.
“I’m an energetic and fast winger who doesn’t mind the rough and tumble side of the game and I’m obviously very passionate about the club being a Gateshead lad as well.
“The Gaffer sold the club well with his plans for the season but because it was Gateshead, I just really wanted to be here and get things over the line.
“Now my aim is to help the team as much as I can by developing as a player and playing matches.
“I’ve been training with the lads for a couple of weeks and they have been spot on. There are plenty of different personalities in there but it works well.
“I’m looking forward to being part of things this season and excited to get out on the pitch against Benfield on Sunday.”