The Chronicle are reporting today that Newcastle are trying to sign young Alex Gilliead to a new deal.
Alex was impressive last season on loan at Bradford City and has done well when he’s gone out on loan.
He has now played 120 first team games for Luton Town, Carlisle United and Bradford City combined.
And it’s not professional enough that the club have missed the cut-off date to sign the player so we get automatic compensation for him when (if?) he leaves the club.
Why was that allowed to happen?
But Newcastle are now working hard to sign the 22-year-old before his contract runs out at the end of next month.
22-year-old Alex Gilliead – contract runs out next month
But at 22 Alex will think he should have broken through to the first team squad by now if he has a future at Newcastle, where he’s been for the last seven years.
The Consett-born player has made it clear he still wants to have a career at Newcastle.
This is what Alex has said in the Chronicle:
“My dream and ultimate target is to play regular football for Newcastle United at first-team level.”
“It’s something I have wanted since I was a kid.”
“I’ve now got plenty of experience under my belt from the lower leagues, and want to challenge the first team one day.”
“Going to Bradford was a great experience for me and now I am looking to take that forward.
“We’ll see what the next step is and what the immediate future holds.
“But overall I’d love to play in the Premier League with Newcastle.”
We lost 16-year-old Lewis Gibson to Everton last summer and the whole area of how we bring young players through to the first team needs to be sorted out.
That’s an area that Rafa Benitez is keen to transform if he signs on long-term at Newcastle.
And things are up in the air at the moment with U23 manager Peter Beardsley still suspended from the club.
Something needs to be finalized on what Peter’s future is at Newcastle.
Jack Farish is currently studying for a Master’s degree in sport and exercise psychology at Northumbria University.
His thesis project looks at Premier League fans’ team identification – how well they support and identify with their team.
Jack has put together a relatively short questionnaire of team identification and satisfaction with life; it should take no longer than 10 minutes.
You can help Jack by filling out the survey here.