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Jack McGraghan
Author: Jack McGraghan

5th August 2022

Lirak Hasani is keen to bring his style into the Gateshead squad after signing ahead of the 2022/23 season.

The midfielder penned a one-year deal on the eve of the Vanarama National League season, marking his second spell with the club after first joining on loan from Doncaster Rovers in January 2021, and feels he won’t have any issues settling in.

“I’m really excited to get it done,” said Hasani.

“I always wanted to sign here because of the feeling I get playing here, training here and from all of the lads and the staff – it’s a great place to be.

“I only got a tiny taste last time I was here – we only ended up playing one game – but it’s the same intensity.

“I remember what Mike and Busted bring to training and it’s the same detail which I really enjoy, and there’s a clear picture of how they want the team to play which is easy to fit into.

“It’s perfect for me to settle into.”

Supporters attending the club’s pre-season friendlies may have spotted Hasani appearing as a trialist in a number of fixtures, slotting into Mike Williamson’s midfield trio.

Hasani evades Jonjo Shelvey in a pre-season friendly at Newcastle United.

The 20-year-old admits the initial plan only stretched to training with The Heed, adding: “I was without a club in the summer and I really enjoyed it here, even for the short time I was on loan.

“I got on well with Mike and Busted so I spoke to them and asked if I’d be able to train just to keep fit but i’ve come in, enjoyed it and done well so one thing led to another.”

Hasani takes the number 20 shirt ahead of Saturday’s season opener at Dagenham & Redbridge, and is fully focused on playing his part in Gateshead’s first season back in the National League following a three-year absence.

“First and foremost, I want the team to do well,” Hasani added.

“We’re not setting expectations because that puts limits on where we can go, and I think if we take it game by game the possibilities are endless.

“On a personal level, I want to be starting games, and I feel like I can bring something different to the team and play my style.”

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