Gateshead have announced that defender Manny Smith has returned to former club Wrexham for personal reasons.
Smith moved to the North East from Wrexham last summer, signing a two-year deal.
His signing was part of a major overhaul of the Heed squad as they looked to challenge at the top end of the Vanarama National League.
Smith became a popular figure during his time on Tyneside, scoring five goals in forty seven appearances, as the club challenged for a place in the play-offs.
A late-season blip put paid to their chances of securing a top five spot, but Smith was a key part of the Heed squad that showed some promise throughout the season.
Gateshead have now confirmed that they have agreed to cancel Smith’s contract, allowing him to move back to his former club.
A club statement read “Due to personal reasons, Gateshead Football Club have agreed to cancel the 28-year-old centre-back’s contract, allowing him to be closer to home with the Dragons.
It was an incredibly tough decision to let a player like Manny leave Gateshead under such circumstances and we’d like to thank him for his fine contributions to the club and wish him the very best for the future”
It is understood that Gateshead are working on bringing more new faces to the International Stadium.
So far Neil Aspin has made four new signings, with defender Neill Byrne, midfielders Russell Penn and Kieran Green and striker Richard Peniket all added to his squad so far this summer.
Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)
Image: Charles Waugh (Gateshead FC)