IAN Bogie has challenged his Gateshead side to target the play-offs in the coming Blue Square Bet Premier campaign.
And the Tynesiders boss believes the Football League experience common among his new signings can help the club achieve their aim.
Bogie has added James Brown to his squad, the striker having played in League One with Hartlepool United.
Goalkeeper Adam Bartlett and defenders Chris Bush and Glenn Wilson all played in League Two, with Hereford United, AFC Wimbledon and Crawley Town respectively – though the latter pair spent time away from their parent clubs on loan.
Bogie said: “The new players have all come from the Football League, which is great for Gateshead.
“They’re tried and tested at the level above, so you’d expect they can help us to move on.
“We’ve made progress every year here while I’ve been at the club, coming up from the (then) UniBond and the Conference North.
“In the Conference National we’ve improved our position each season, and that’s the aim for next season as well.
“We finished eighth last season after a great start.
“We fell away from the play-offs in the end so that’s what we’re aiming for now, the play-offs.” Bogie believes his new singings can only help. “Adam Bartlett and James Brown are local lads, so they’re delighted to be back home,” he said.
“And the other two are up from the south, and settled in at the house the club has put them up in.
“Convincing them to move so far north tells you a lot about Gateshead Football Club now.
“We are a draw for players. They know we’re a decent football side, they like our style of play.
“The message soon gets around and people have seen that we’ve made progress and go about things in the right way.
“The chairman is ambitious but he has the club on a firm financial footing, with no debt.
“We pay within our budget, unlike a lot of teams, and we’re building for the future.
“We have the nucleus of the squad that has pushed us on over the last few seasons, and we’re always looking to improve it.
“We’ve let a few go and we thank them for their efforts, and wish them well.
“Now we move on and I think the players we’ve brought in can help us do that.”