Vanarama Conference club Gateshead`s forward Marcus Maddison has signed for Sky Bet League One…..
…..side Peterborough United on a permanent deal.
The 20-year-old leaves the International Stadium for a club record fee, and the sizeable six-figure sum is likely to rise due to various add-ons.
The Heed also have a 20 per cent sell-on clause for Maddison, who has agreed a four-year contract with Posh.
Gateshead manager Gary Mills is sad to see the player depart – but will look to sign a replacement before the transfer window closes.
“Marcus has a big future ahead of him but this was a big decision for us,” he said.
“He is an up and coming player, with an abundance of ability – and, unfortunately, that’s why we are losing him.
“Now he has sorted himself out, mentally, we’re seeing the best of him.
“We will miss him, but it’s my job to make sure we don’t miss him too much.
“I have attacking players here but will also look to go out and maybe bring in one or two to strengthen the squad.”
Maddison joined Gateshead in August last year and went on to make thirty-eight appearances, scoring 14 times.
He cemented a place in Mills’ starting eleven after the turn of the year, following an outstanding display as a substitute in the 3-3 draw at FC Halifax Town on New Year’s Day.
The former Newcastle United trainee, who has also played for Blyth Spartans and St Johnstone, won Conference player of the month for January and earned England `C` honours at the end of the campaign.
Mills says he is pleased Maddison has started to realise his undoubted potential.
The Heed boss said: “He has so many qualities and that’s what attracted the interest of other clubs.
“I like getting the best out of players and our two top scorers last season, Marcus, and James Marwood, are now playing in League One and the Scottish Premiership, respectively.
“I’m pleased for both of them, but I honestly believe if I hadn’t come in to the club last September, they would be in the Northern Premier Division now.
“This is what I mean when I talk about the mentality of a player being important.
“You can have talent, but you have to have your mind right – and they both have now.”