Gateshead have lost a second player to National League rivals Notts County after striker Cedwyn Scott joined the Magpies for an undislosed fee.
The former Hebburn Town and Dunston UTS forward will join former Heed team-mate Macaulay Langstaff at Meadow Lane after the completed a similar move earlier this month.
Scott joined Gateshead on a free transfer last summer following his departure from League Two club Carlisle United and made an instant impact by scoring twice on his league debut in a 3-1 home win against Kettering Town.
That set the tone for the season as attacking quartet Scott, Langstaff, Adam Campbell and Paul Blackett played an integral role in helping fire Gateshead to promotion with a combined 72 goals across all competitions.
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Scott’s tally of 26 saw him end his first and only season at the International Stadium as second top goalscorer behind Langstaff - and the duo will now combine in the black and white of Notts County during the coming National League season.
After completing his second raid on Gateshead, Magpies head coach Luke Williams told the club website: “If they hit the ground running that’s fantastic, but it’s important we all recognise it’s a step up for both players – it’s not a given that they can immediately recreate what they achieved last season.
“What we do know, however, is that they both have huge quality and that they will be given the support they need to help with their adaptation to a new club and division.”
Gateshead have several further options as they look to replace Langstaff and Scott and continue their preparations for a first season back in non-league’s top tier.
The signing of former Newcastle United forward Tom Allan was completed last week and Heed player-manager Mike Williamson and assistant Ian Watson remain in talks with at least two potential additions at the top end of the pitch.
Gateshead are also expected to confirm the loan signing of a goalkeeper from a Premier League club over the coming days and will continue looking to add to their squad throughout the summer.