Antony Sweeney has become Neil Aspin’s sixth permanent capture as Gateshead boss
The former Carlisle United midfielder agreed a one-year deal with the Vanarama National League club after being released by the CUmbrians earlier this month.
Heed boss Aspin spoke of his delight at signing the experienced midfielder in an interview with the club’s official website.
He said: “I’m very pleased to have him here. His experience will be invaluable for us next year.
“He was just starting his career when I was finishing mine at Hartlepool. I’ve kept an eye on him since then, and he’s had a good record.
“He’s made a lot of appearances and scored a lot of goals from midfield. I feel we’ve been lacking that type of player at the club.
“We had a lot of midfielders at the club last year who were all very similar, but we didn’t really have one who was more of a leader in that department, and more box-to-box.
“Although he’s 32, you can tell he keeps himself fit – he’s very lean, and he wants to prove that he should still be playing in the Football League.
“There aren’t a lot of Football League clubs in the North East, however, so he is a good signing for Gateshead.”