Gary Mills happy with Gateshead transfer business

Manager Gary Mills is excited for the season after Gateshead went so close to promotion last term by narrowly losing the Conference Premier play-off final.

Since then, he has brought in Jon Shaw, Lewis Guy, Andrai Jones, Tom Allan, JJ O'Donnell and Michael Rankine .

"It's great to get my first pre-season in so I can really stamp my authority on the squad, and really there's no excuses now," Mills told BBC Newcastle.

"I'm happy with the business we've done but I still want a couple more."

Experienced striker Rankine played under Mills at York, and has scored 59 goals in 316 league appearances spanning 10 years.

Guy, who is a graduate of the Newcastle academy, does not have a prolific record either, having netted 40 times in 320 games.

Of the six additions at the International Stadium, only midfielder JJ O'Donnell cost money.

The 22-year-old was signed for an undisclosed fee from Luton, returning to Tyneside after playing 17 matches while on loan at the Heed last term.

"Michael's a powerful striker that I believe's underachieved," Mills explained. "He and Lewis have great work ethics and I think they'll score more goals than they have because of how we play.

"And with JJ, I think it's great business because he can play in so many positions for us, but more importantly I love that he really wanted to come back."