Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Boden Stays Focused as Former Club Bids for Him; National League

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Boden Stays Focused as Former Club Bids for Him; National League

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Byline: JEFF BOWRON

GATESHEAD striker Scott Boden has insisted it is business as usual ahead of the visit of Boreham Wood today.

The Heed's 11-goal joint leading scorer has been the subject of a bid from one of his former clubs Chesterfield.

The two clubs dispute the figures involved, Gateshead claiming they have turned down an offer of PS10,000 for the 29-year-old.

The struggling Spireites have said the bid was PS6,000 plus add-ons - but either way it was rejected.

Gateshead are under a transfer embargo and only have two strikers, so it would be folly to allow Boden to leave.

The Tynesiders are 18 points and 12 places better off than fourth-bottom Chesterfield, now under the tutelage of John Sheridan.

Boden has played under Sheridan, who recently left Carlisle to return to Chesterfield, before and has rediscovered his mojo at Gateshead. The well-travelled front man scored twice on his return to the Proact Stadium in September as the Heed triumphed 3-0. After two barren years at Wrexham and Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Boden came to the North East to get his career back on track.

He said: "I'd had two disappointing years in Scotland and Wales and it was me who instigated the move to Gateshead.

"It has gone well for me and I'm happy to be back among the goals, though it could have been a few more."

Boden is based between Sheffield and Chesterfield and the lure of a return to the latter would likely tempt the player.

He played in the Football League for Chesterfield and Newport County, which makes the Spireites' derisory offer for the player surprising. The Derbyshire outfit shelled out a reputed PS70,000 for Alfreton Town striker Tom Denton earlier in the season.

Chesterfield are one of the lowest scorers in the Vanarama National League and need to find goals if they are to pull away from the drop zone. …

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