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GATESHEAD FC are pleased to announce the signing of Jon Mellish on a one year deal.

The versatile full back was a part of the Gateshead FC under 19 side that won ECFA Cup and Northern Alliance Division One in 2016/17.

Breaking into the first team under former manager Neil Aspin, he his debut against Bromley FC on the final day of the 2016/17 season.

Having made 10 appearances for the first team last year Jon was delighted to have signed fir another season.

“I’m buzzing to get signed, it’s been a long summer and there’s been a lot going on behind the scenes.

“ But being a young lad it hasn’t really bothered me I just want to play football at Gateshead.” Said the former Sunderland Academy trainee.

Mellish paid tribute to Gateshead manager Steve Watson admitting he was a huge factor in signing.

“It was massive that the Gaffer has stayed I’ve enjoyed everything session since he’s come in and playing towards the end of last season was great.” Said the Gateshead College graduate.

“I think he believes in me and I can’t wait to get playing again next season.”

The former under 19’s left back is relishing the chance of playing National League football again next season, despite a difficult summer.

“I don’t think anyone knows how next season will play out but I’ve got a good feeling.” Added the versatile defender.

“There’s good footballers here and there’s no reason we can’t do something special.”

Manager Steve Watson highlighted Mellish’s loan spell as a turning point for him.

“I’m a big believer in the loan system I think what Jon would’ve been doing playing under 19’s football and training with us wouldn’t have really been too competitive.” Said the former Macclesfield Town assistant.

“Jon was well looked after at Newcastle Benfield and came back a better player but most importantly his mentality changed.

“The games were more competitive and at a higher intensity which stood him in good stead for when he came back to play in the National League, which he proved towards the end of the season.

“I thought he did really well when he came back in albeit with room for improvement which is what we’re always after.”

“He’s very comfortable on the ball he’s not afraid to step in and try things which is what I want from my players.” Added the former Newcastle United defender.

“Obviously first and foremost I want my players to defend but I want them to come out and be comfortable on the ball.

“Jon showed great confidence when he came into the team and we’ll be looking for more of the same next season.”

 

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