Defender Manny Smith has become Neil Aspin’s second permanent signing as Gateshead boss, agreeing a two-year deal.

Like winger Wes York, who joined the Tynesiders on Thursday, Smith was released by gatesheadleague rivals Wrexham a fortnight ago.

Born in Birmingham, Smith came through the ranks at Walsall, making over 150 appearances for the Saddlers at first-team level between 2006 and 2012.

He signed for Wrexham after two years at Notts County, and – impressively – played every single minute of the Dragons’ 2014/15 campaign.

The 27-year-old almost repeated the feat last time out, missing just two games as Gary Mills’ side posted an eighth-place finish in the National League.

Aspin has made no secret of his desire to shore up the Heed’s backline this summer, and spoke of his delight at adding Smith to his ranks. He said: “Manny is a good defender – he is mobile and he is the right sort of age.

“He has a lot of experience – he has played in the Football League, and has played regularly in the National League over the last two years.

“He has been a very good player for Wrexham, and is highly-rated at our level of football.”


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