Posted 28th June 2013 at 01:26 am
A tall and powerful striker, Novak joined Blues in the summer of 2013 on a three-year deal after his contract at Huddersfield Town expired.
Blues boss Lee Clark was well aware of Novak's capabilities having plucked the free-scoring Geordie out of non-league to sign for Huddersfield back in January 2009, before he was loaned back to Gateshead as part of that transfer.
Novak's goals helped fire Gateshead into the Conference National, and picking up the club's Player of the Year accolade in the process, at the end of the 2008/09 season.
He went on to become an important member of the Huddersfield side that gained promotion to the Championship in 2012. During his time with The Terriers he scored 42 goals in 172 appearances.