Gateshead release defender Lewis Galpin to West Auckland

Gateshead International Stadium

Gateshead have allowed defender Lewis Galpin to join Northern League side West Auckland Town on a permanent deal.

Galpin, 19, has failed to break into the first-team this season following the summer signing of Luke O'Brien in his natural left-back slot.

He was sent out on loan to West Auckland at the beginning of the campaign, having made eight appearances under former boss Anth Smith last term.

Current manager Gary Mills accepted Galpin's decision to leave the club.