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Gateshead to sign strike duo Jon Shaw and Jonny Allan

Jon Shaw
Shaw joined Mansfield from Rochdale in January

Gateshead have agreed to sign Mansfield striker Jon Shaw and Northwich Victoria forward Jonny Allan.

Shaw, 26, who scored three goals in 14 appearances for the Stags, has previously spent time on loan at the International Stadium.

He will sign a two-year contract and Allan will sign on for one year.

The 27-year-old is the Vic's longest serving player, having made over 200 appearances in eight years at the Cheshire club.

He told the Gateshead website: "I enjoyed my eight years at Northwich but off the field problems have made life difficult in recent times and the club have just suffered a second successive demotion.

Having four good strikers will keep us all on our toes and is just what we need.

Gateshead striker Jonny Allan

"Ian Bogie contacted me last week and I was immediately interested. It is great to be back in the Conference Premier and the facilities at Gateshead are excellent.

"It was time to move on and Gateshead is a new challenge that I am looking forward to. Having four good strikers will keep us all on our toes and is just what we need."

Talking about his own move to the Tynesider's, Shaw told the Mansfield website: "My family are in the North East and I want to take my wife and son nearer to them.

"I have enjoyed my time at the Stags and wish them all the best. They are a club destined for the Football League."

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