Gateshead have completed their eighth summer signing as 21-year-old forward Jordan Preston joins on a one-year deal following the end of his contract at Guiseley.
The former Scotland Under-19 international arrives at the International Stadium after netting seven times for Guiseley last term as the Lions kept their National League status intact in sensational fashion thanks to a last gasp equaliser from Danny Lowe on the final day of the season.
A Blackburn academy graduate, Preston has already joined up with his new teammates and is looking forward to the season ahead.
“It feels really good to be here at Gateshead,” he told Gateshead-FC.com.
“It’s a good opportunity for me coming back to full time football and that was a big factor in coming here.
“The manager (Neil Aspin) has spoken very highly of the club and our ambitions for the coming season so I think it’s a good club for me and I’m very happy to be playing here.”
Preston’s arrival means Neil Aspin now has six forwards at his disposal going into the new season with Jordan Burrow, Danny Johnson, Wes York, Macaulay Langstaff and Richard Peniket all vying for a place in the starting XI.
And the Heed’s latest addition feels he can offer something different to the side.
“I’m a player who likes to get on the ball and play football as much as possible,” he continued.
“I can play anywhere across the front three so I’ll be looking to create chances for my teammates and hopefully score some goals as well.
“I was very impressed with the club last season when I went up against them with Guiseley because they played some very good football.
“Another thing I noticed was just how good the surface was at the International Stadium which lends itself well to keeping the ball down and playing quick, attacking football.
“That is the manager’s philosophy going into the new season and that’s what sold it for me and I can’t wait to get started.”