Gateshead captain Neil Byrne has left the club to join National League rivals AFC Fylde.
The 25-year-old, who has put pen to paper on a two-year deal at Mill Farm, told the AFC Fylde official club website, “I’m absolutely delighted to join Fylde. The progression of the club has caught everyone’s eye. Once I spoke to the gaffer and he explained his ambitions and vision going forward, it was an easy decision to make and the only place I wanted to be.
“Now I can’t wait for pre-season, getting to know the lads and the fans and most importantly putting in performances.”
The center-back joined Gateshead from Macclesfield last summer and went to on to make 39 appearances for the Tynesiders last season.
Byrne played a vital role in Telford’s march to the National League North title in 2014 and the Coasters boss Dave Challinor is hopeful that the former Republic of Ireland youth international can help his side to glory next season.
:We had an interest in Neill last summer but he ended up going to Gateshead. He captained them on numerous occasions and has impressive experience for someone of his age.” said Challinor.
The Fylde boss continued, “He’s a good talker, a good organiser and he’s a good size. Plus he fits the way we play because he’s comfortable on the ball.
“He will be a really good asset for us and ticks a lot of boxes.”