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New Heed signing has belief in team.

Byline: JEFF BOWRON

KYLE NIX, one of nine summer signings, believes Gateshead have the quality to make a real impact in this season's Blue Square Bet Premier.

The Australian-born midfielder - a youth player at both Manchester United and Aston Villa - was part of a Gateshead side that drew 0-0 against a Sunderland XI on Saturday.

The Heed, who had the better chances in a game of restricted goalmouth action, face another Premier test tomorrow night when they host a Newcastle United XI.

Nix said: "We matched Sunderland technically because we are a good passing side ourselves. It was a clean sheet and another good pre-season result.

"We kept the ball well most of the time, created a few chances and were solid at the back, so all in all there was plenty to take from the game."

Nix, who spent two years at Mansfield Town following a two year stint with Bradford City, is hoping to impress during the first half of the season to earn a longer contract having initially been given a six-month deal.

"From day one everyone has made me welcome. I've been involved in all the warm up games and the way Gateshead play suits my style.

"There are not many teams in the Conference, or in League Two for that matter, that play the football Gateshead do so it suits me and it's good to be here.

"It is a club with good facilities that has stabilised itself in the Conference and is ready to push on - and I want to be part of that."

Nix was one of seven second-half substitutes against a Black Cats side that included George McCartney and Nyron Nosworthy in what was Gateshead's penultimate home pre-season workout.

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
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Date:Aug 1, 2011
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