Ogbewe signs for Gateshead FC

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Nelson Ogbewe

A Gateshead College student and Gateshead FC Academy player has signed his first professional contract.

Nelson Ogbewe has signed a two-year professional contract with Gateshead FC.

The 18-year-old striker spent the 2020/21 season playing within the club’s academy system and scored against Stockton Town and Eccleshill United in the FA Youth Cup, as well as making his first team debut in the Buildbase FA Trophy defeat to Farsley Celtic.

Ogbewe played under current academy coach Ben Clark at the Newcastle United Foundation prior to joining the Gateshead FC Academy and has also appeared for Northern League Division Two side West Allotment Celtic in 20/21.

“I’m excited to start the season,” said Ogbewe.

“As a young lad what you dream of is playing with the first team and I’m proud to be at Gateshead.

“I’m excited to have a good experience this year, learn from the other strikers and keep doing what I normally do.”

“He’s got masses of potential,” said first-team player/manager, Mike Williamson.

“He’s performed really well with Ben Clark and Matty Pattison and we get regular reports, he looks hungry and he has the right mentality.

“He’s definitely someone who we want to work with closely and we look forward to seeing how he progresses.

“One of the biggest things that young lads might struggle with when they step up to the first team is the physicality, but Nelson is a big strong lad and he can cope with it.

“He has a lot of room for improvement but he has that desire to score goals and a willingness to work hard and improve.”

Academy coach Ben Clark added: “His progression has been excellent, it’s been there for all to see and he’ll only get better with the management team that we’ve got.

“He’s done well in the FA Youth Cup, scored goals and the manager watched him and liked what he saw.

“The hard work needs to start again for him now but we’re really excited and pleased for him.”

Nelson is studying towards a motor vehicle qualification at the college’s Skills Academy for Automotive alongside his blossoming football career.

Gateshead College students studying on a full-time qualification can join one of the college’s specialist sport academies where they will receive expert coaching and playing opportunities.

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Sat May 21 2022