Gateshead became the second National League club to lose a striker on the transfer deadline day.

The deadline doesn`t affect clubs signing players in the National Leagues any longer, but it hasn`t prevented both Lincoln City and Gateshead from losing their top strikers.bowman

Ryan Bowman left the International Stadium to join Scottish Premiership outfit

Motherwell for an undisclosed fee.

The 6`2” frontman completed his deadline day move after penning a two-year deal with the Fir Parkers.

The 24-year-old bagged 38 goals in his last two seasons – 20 of those last season with Gateshead and the remainder with his previous team, Torquay United.

Bowman, who has been a summer-long target for Motherwell manager Mark McGhee, travelled up to Fir Park late last night to complete his medical and pen a two-year deal.

The deal for 24-year-old Bowman was able to be pushed through following the sale of Marvin Johnson.

Bowman said: “I didn’t think anything was going to happen – me and my agent were laughing before saying we’ll be having a chilled day watching the TV.

“Then a couple of clubs came in before Motherwell and I was just rushed off my feet from 5 o’clock onwards.”

But the goalscorer felt Motherwell was the best choice for him. He said: “It’s a different league and a different competition so it’s a challenge but I’m just excited to get going.”


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