Teenage midfielder Finley Hayhurst has agreed non-contract terms at Gateshead, making him Steve Watson’s 16th new recruit at the International Stadium so far this season.

The 19-year-old has been training with the Heed and travelled down to Ebbsfleet with the squad as they battled to a 1-0 win in Kent. Born in England, Hayhurst has spent the majority of his life in Australia and previous previously played in the Australian second tier, the same league as fellow new Heed recruit Mark McManus.

He previously played for Hakoah Sydney City East FC and most recently Sutherland Sharks in the NPL New South Wales League. Now the youngster is looking to kick-on at Gateshead.

“I feel great being here,” Hayhurst admitted. “It’s something I’ve been working towards for a long time and it feels really good to finally get it all sorted.

“I’m a central midfielder and I’m only 19 so I feel as though I’ve got a lot to offer here. I’m athletic and I like to get on the ball so I’ll be working hard and doing what I can to work my way into the starting line-up.

“In Australia, I played in teams where I was the youngest player and I like being in teams where I have to work hard to earn my place and become one of the better players in the side so hopefully I can do the same here.”

Hayhurst will wear the number 22 shirt for Gateshead and will be available for selection once he is granted international clearance.

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