Two of Newcastle youngsters who are regulars in the U21 team have been shipped out on loan to Carlisle United for a month – they will be at the Cumbrians until October 11th.
The two are forward Alex Gilliead and center-back Macaulay Gillesphey, who are both 19.
Alex Gilliead – 19 year-old forward in England colors
Carlisle boss Keith Curle is delighted to get the pair, but they will have to fight for their places:
“I’ve spoken to the lads, their agents and to Peter Beardsley and everyone is of the understanding that they have to earn the right to get into our team.”
“They’re coming over to us from a fantastic football club and they have an excellent upbringing behind them.”
“We know they have ability in abundance but they’ve now got to earn the right to play their part in what is a successful team.”
“To do that they need to buy into the environment we’ve created, and show us they’re going to help us to keep pushing on.”
“They both want to come here and test themselves outside the comfort zone of Development Squad football.”
“It’s the next part of their progression and it will give them a chance to stake a claim to play some league football at an early age.”
Carlisle United play in League Two and they have 12 points from their first 7 games and are in 9th place, and out of a play-off place on goal difference only.
Winger Gilliead spent two weeks training with Coventry City recently, where young Adam Armstrong is on loan, and Alex has recently played for the England U20 team.
Gillesphey is a left-footed defender who usually plays at center-back but can also play at full-back.
Center-back Macaulay Gillesphey
We wish the two Newcastle lads luck in their four weeks out on loan at Carlisle.