Gateshead re-sign Shaw

First published in Sport

Gateshead have re-signed former record-breaking goalscorer Jon Shaw on a two-year contract.

The 30-year-old, who left Tyneside for Luton Town two years ago, becomes Heed boss Gary Mills’ first signing of the summer.

Before making his move south, Shaw racked up an impressive total of 56 goals in 96 appearances for Gateshead, scoring 35 of those in the 2011/12 season, which included four hat-tricks.

Shaw picked up a Conference winners medal at Luton last season, but despite a promising first year at Kenilworth Road, the striker found opportunities limited.

“As soon as I found out Gateshead were interested I was keen to come back,” said Shaw. “Everyone knows how much I love the club and how much I enjoyed my last spell.

“After last season's success, and with the club moving forward under a good manager, it was too good an opportunity to turn down.

“I'm happy to be back. My previous two years at Gateshead couldn't have gone much better. I needed a kick-start at the time and it worked for us all.

“It was an amazing time for me, particularly the second season, and it's part of the reason I've come back as I enjoyed it so much the last time.

Mills, who is waiting to hear back from other targets, including another striker, believes Shaw can do well at Gateshead again.

“He did a great job when he was last at Gateshead,” said Mills “He's an excellent striker, and one I tried to sign for York when I was manager at Bootham Crescent.

“He went to Luton instead, but I'm delighted to have now got my man. He's back in an environment he's comfortable with - and he was hungry to come back to Gateshead.

“He's a proven goalscorer at this level. He didn't play as much as he would have liked at Luton last season and this is an opportunity for him to get going again.

“He had other offers from Conference clubs but he told me he wanted to come back to Gateshead if I wanted him - and I did.

“His work ethic is good, his record of goals, particularly at Gateshead, is very good and we hope he can come back and do what he did before.”

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