Ryan Donaldson

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

Ryan Donaldson is the latest of the 11 players released by Newcastle this summer to find a new club.

Former England under-19s man Donaldson made six appearances for the Magpies in all competitions and won a Coca-Cola Championship league winners' medal during his time with the Magpies, while he also spent time on loan with Hartlepool and Tranmere.

However, he wasn't offered a new deal when his contract expired at the end of last season and on Friday, the 21-year-old signed for Gateshead on an initial deal until 1st January 2013. His father, Ian, played for the Heed during the 1980s.

The youngster, who played in midfield and up-front at various levels for United, will go into the Blue Square Bet Premier side's squad for Saturday's home game against Forest Green. Another ex-Newcastle junior, Ryan McGorrigan, is also at the International Stadium - he signed a short-term deal this month after leaving United's Academy.

Of those shown the door by Alan Pardew following the previous campaign, Danny Guthrie joined Reading, Peter Lovenkrands signed for Birmingham and Alan Smith linked up with MK Dons, who he had spent time on loan with last season.

Tamas Kadar signed for Roda JC Kerkrade in Holland and Jeff Henderson headed to Ireland to join Sligo Rovers, while Phil Airey is now with Blyth Spartans.