Gateshead sign former favourite Robbie Tinkler and Sunderland youngster Ryan Wombwell

Gateshead player-manager Mike Williamson has continued his impressive summer transfer business by persuading Robbie Tinkler to return to the National League North club.

Tuesday, 1st June 2021, 6:41 pm

The former Middlesbrough academy player was released by York City last month and has quickly secured a move back to the International Stadium.

Tinkler originally joined Gateshead in the summer of 2018 after his release from Boro and put in a string of consistent performances as the Heed put aside off-field issues to impress in the National League.

Their enforced demotion into the National League North brought an end to Tinkler’s time on Teesside – but he remained in the top level of non-league by penning a one-year deal at Aldershot Town.

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Robbie Tinkler.

He moved back North to be reunited with former Heed boss Steve Watson at York last summer but will now look to help Gateshead battle for a return to non-league’s top tier after signing a one-year deal at the club.

He told the club website: “It’s obviously been a turbulent couple of years, so I am over the moon to get it done nice and early so I can prepare for the season ahead.

“I know Mike and Busted (Assistant manager Ian Watson) and I know what they are going to do.

“I think the lads they have re-signed are really good and they’ve made a couple of signings that are all positive.

“It’s just a good place to be, I really enjoyed my time here last time and hopefully I can have a bit more success than last time as well."

Gateshead have also confirmed the signing of Sunderland youngster Ryan Wombwell on an initial two-year deal.

The 19-year-old appeared as a substitute in the Black Cats Under-23s’ Premier League 2 play-off final defeat at Crystal Palace last month – but is now looking forward to continuing his career at the International Stadium.

He said: “I’ve been in training for a few weeks now, so I’ve been around the lads and the manager, and I’ve really enjoyed it.

“The sessions have been to a good standard and a good tempo, and I can see myself improving every day here.

“There’s a lot of good players at the club as well, so I’m looking forward to getting in full-time and getting stuck into it.”

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