Gateshead have announced the appointment of Kane Wears as academy manager and head of first-team recruitment.

The appointment follows the announcement of an expansion to the club’s academy set-up.

Recent Preston North End recruitment co-ordinator Wears told the Heed’s website:

“My job is to go to (manager) Mike (Williamson) and (assistant) Ian (Watson) and give them players that fit the identity of the club and fit into the way Mike wants to play.

“That comes from me going to games and doing a lot of research and analysis, getting clips, putting presentations together and finding data and statistics about players.

“If the players coming in understand what their roles are quite quickly then it makes things a lot easier, and if we can find players that fit how Mike wants to play, it means they don’t need to adapt.”

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