Carlisle United have signed up their promising young Gateshead-born striker Gary Madine, on a new three-year contract.
Gary Madine – signed 3 year contract for Carlisle
But we donâ€™t agree with most of the reports over the last couple of days, that this will mean the end of Newcastleâ€™s interest in the player.
It’s even possible, though unlikely, that he could sign for Newcastle before the end of August.
The 17-year-old 6â€™4â€ youngster from Gateshead (and heâ€™s still growing), has been happy to sign his first professional contract with Carlisle, despite the obvious interest from St Jamesâ€™ Park.
Newcastle could have signed Madine now, and loaned him straight back to Carlisle to continue his development, and we think that may still a possibility later in the summer.
But we think what will happen is that Newcastle will continue to monitor Gary’s progress, and he’s just 17 after all.
If his progress is as rapid as last season, when he played 11 times for Carlisle, there would be a good possibility that Newcastle could try to sign him in the January window.
By signing the player to a professional contract, Carlisle are merely protecting their interest in their player, and there’s certainly nothing wrong with that.
Newcastle are still to bring in their first signing of the season, and we havenâ€™t even signed any of the youngsters that we expect to also arrive over the summer.
We suppose patience is a virtue, but Newcastle fans don’t have much of that left these days, after a couple of terrible seasons for those loyal fans.