LEE CLARK says his new contract is “all sorted out” and will be signed as soon as the other members of his coaching team have completed their discussions.

The 38-year-old Geordie, who continues the build-up to his third full season at the helm with today’s opening friendly at Gateshead, says he is delighted with the five players he has brought in so far.

Tommy Miller, Liam Cooper, Donal McDermott, Oscar Gobern and Calum Woods are all set to feature against the Blue Square Premier side, with no outfield player figuring for more than 45 minutes.

“If the right players become available, we’ll look at doing a deal, but I’m more than happy with who I have signed,” said Clark, whose current contract runs until the end of the forthcoming season.

“All players coming into this club must have the right work ethic and a desire to play for each other as well as talent, and I believe the five of them fit the bill.”

Clark continued: “I’m very happy here, I’ve got a great relationship with the owner and the board, and I enjoy my job. The one thing I want to add to that is promotion success and I’m determined to do that.

“As far as my contract goes, it is all sorted out. The club have just got to talk with the other backroom staff and once they have agreed, we will sign.”

Town aren’t among the 16 club awarded a bye to the second round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.