Adam Bartlett hopes Gateshead’s loss is Hartlepool United’s gain this season after returning to the Football League by signing for Pools.
Bartlett was one of the principal reasons why Gateshead have enjoyed something of a rennaisance over recent years.
Gateshead was sold in the summer and a new manager came in. I expected a phone call to go in and have a chat on what could potentially happen.
But the former Newcastle Academy product was released at the end of the season and Ronnie Moore stepped in to make him his ninth signing of the summer on the recommendation of new goalie coach Tony Caig.
Was Bartlett, who will be looking to push new number one Trevor Carson at the League Two side, as surprised as most to be shown the door at the International Stadium?
“Yes and no,” the 29-year-old told SportMail.
“Towards the end of the season I was offered a position at Newcastle United.
“I work there part-time as an academy goalkeeping coach.
“They were talking about making the position full-time so I spoke to the then Gateshead manager Gary Mills about it.
“I think I put a seed of doubt in people’s minds about what I wanted to do.
“Gateshead was sold in the summer and a new manager came in. I expected a phone call to go in and have a chat on what could potentially happen.
“By that time, it was early June, so I’d actually changed my mind – I was wanting to stay in football full-time and play.
“No phone call came and one day it came up on the website I’d been released.
“I was surprised no-one from the club contacted me.
“I was disappointed but I’ve since spoken to the chairman and he’s apologised about the way it all came out.
“But I’m hoping Gateshead’s loss will be Hartlepool’s gain this season.”
However, Bartlett, who will feature in tonight’s friendly at Billingham Town, is not bitter at his departure.
“I had a great three years at the club,” he said. “ I wish them all the best.”