Gateshead have signed 20-year-old midfielder Gus Mafuta until 2 January.
The former Colchester United trainee captained Bristol City Under-21's in 2013-14 and made six appearances on loan at Nuneaton last term before being released by the Robins in the summer.
"It's a chance for me to get going again. Gateshead have given me an opportunity and I feel ready to go.
"I feel fit, I just need game-time. I know it's not going to be easy but I have the confidence," Mafuta said.