We always thought it could be a big win for both clubs by Newcastle loaning out some of their top young stars to the club just over the River Tyne – Gateshead.
Jeff Henderson – on loan at Gateshead
And Gateshead are flying high at the moment in second plave in the English Conference, after 15 games, and just 2 points behind leaders Wrexham.
At the moment Newcastle have two youngsters on loan at Gateshead – 19 year-old defender Jeff Henderson and goalkeeper 18 year-old Jak Alnwick.
Henderson scored on his debut at Ebbsfleet last weekend, but surprisingly the England U20 goalkeeper Alnick, brother of former Sunderland goalkeeper Ben Alnick, has yet to play for the Gateshead first team, and his loan move ends there on October 22nd.
Gateshead manager Ian Bogie, who was born and bred in Walker, has praised the two Newcastle youngsters today:
“Jak, who came in earlier, has been with us now for just over a month and he’s second-choice goalkeeper at this moment in time – but he’s been outstanding for the reserves, absolutely outstanding,”
“He’s had the misfortune that our goalkeeper , Paul Farman, is doing extremely well himself but Jak’s a young goalkeeper and he’s played regular football in our Reserves against a good standard of opposition, and he’s played some outstanding games.”
“I have to say we’ve been very, very impressed and I have said to Peter Beardsley and Chris Terpcou, his goalkeeping coach at Newcastle, how pleased we are with him.”
“Jeff’s only been with us for a couple of sessions but on his debut last week he obviously came in and got the winning goal; he trained with us on Thursday and Friday and went into the team on Saturday. And to get the winning goal in a 1-0 victory, you couldn’t ask for any more.
“So I’m very pleased and we’ll look for more of the same on Saturday.” “A lot of people say when players come to a club, they take a while to settle in but I’m a believer that good players can settle into any team. “
“Jeff came in, showed good composure on the ball and went up for a set-piece and got a header, so we’re absolutely delighted.”
We really hope to see Newcastle youngsters regularly going on loan to Gateshead and other clubs, and getting playing time, which they may not get on Tyneside.
Ian Bogie – successful Gateshead manager
And if that benefits the Gateshead club, then that’s great too, because we’d love to see Gateshead climb the league tables in the years ahead.
They would get good support in the region, and of course Ian has done a great job as manager of the club since taking over in May of 2007.
Long may that continue.
And of course last January, 19 year-old right back, James Tavernier, had a very successful loan spell across the Tyne, and played 18 games for the Heed, and got some rave reviews, and James is currently doing well at Carlisle United, where he has played 12 games.