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Free Agent’s Move To Newcastle Now In Limbo Due To Pandemic And Takeover

Last month, it was revealed that Newcastle were ready to bring Motherwell goalkeeper Mark Gillespie in this summer.

Gillespie’s contract will expire in June and he held talks with Newcastle to join as a free agent. The 28-year-old was born in Newcastle and spent time with the Academy before joining Carlisle’s youth system a decade ago.

The Athletic’s Chris Waugh is reporting that Gillespie’s move to Newcastle is now in limbo.

Mark Gillespie– reportedly close to signing for Newcastle in March

According to Waugh’s report, Gillespie was close to signing a pre-contract to become Martin Dubravka’s backup before the coronavirus pandemic hit. Steve Bruce was keen to add the Geordie to the squad.

However, proceedings were brought to a halt when the pandemic hit. Now with new owners likely to take hold of the club in the coming weeks, Gillespie’s future has been thrust into limbo.

It’s unclear if the new owners will move to bring Gillespie in. Before joining Motherwell two years ago, he spent a season at Walsall after beginning his career at Carlisle, so he’s not played at the highest of levels.

With the vast resources Newcastle’s new ownership group can wield, a free agent goalkeeper from Motherwell may not be a move they want to sanction.

However, Gillespie could be a decent option as cover for Martin Dubravka. He’ll count as homegrown and is a Newcastle fan having grown up in the area.

Newcastle are also in the market for a goalkeeper or two with Rob Elliot due to leave this summer and Freddie Woodman, should he sign a new deal, likely in need another season or two out on loan.

17 comments so far

  • The Hit Man & Her

    May 12, 2020 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #1

    You want comments?

    You can’t handle the comments!


  • RobLeenio

    May 12, 2020 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #2

    No disrespect to him, but it’s not exactly the marquee signing we were all hoping for


  • JDdubai

    May 12, 2020 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #3

    We dont have new owners yet Neil……

  • hibbit

    May 12, 2020 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #4

    interesting times ahead, which ever way this goes,

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 12, 2020 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #5

    Hanks is going down!

  • hibbit

    May 12, 2020 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #6

    if this flops thousands more real fans will walk away to join the 10k real fans that have already left,

  • Novocastrian66

    May 12, 2020 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #7

    If this takeover fails we will be down amongst the makems in 2 years.

  • hibbit

    May 12, 2020 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #8

    when this is over money going to e tight, the real fans are going to want entertainment and exciting football for there hard earned cash not the crap Ashley has served up,

  • wynsleap

    May 12, 2020 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #9

    Totally agree hibbitt.
    If this doesn’t take place I reckon there will be thousands who don’t or won’t have the stomach for more years under Ashley. This really is the turning point, or fall of this club. I for one could spew at the thought of the virus still being here… and I don’t mean Covid-19.

  • geordietom

    May 12, 2020 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #10

    Hibbit …

    for my culinary delights tonight , i’ve had home made Chicken Tikka Masala with onion bhagi’s , pilau rice , garlic naan bread , bombay potato , followed by homemade creme caramel , washed down with a glass of sparking old jamaica ginger beer…

    hope you approve mate 😀

  • Thump

    May 12, 2020 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #11

    @Novocastrian: The reason Ashley suddenly put on his selling pants is because he realised how much money we’d need to keep us afloat during the recovery process. My concern is if it is blocked – what’s the plan to get us back on our feet?

  • IrishRob

    May 12, 2020 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #12

    Can someone explain to me, what the hell ye are all on about with Tom Hanks, is it some in-joke or what?

  • Bills Son Is Back

    May 12, 2020 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #13

    If the takeover doesn’t go through real fans will do what they’ve done for the last 51 years since we won a trophy…

    Continue always supporting the team, not always the regime, rejoicing when we win (whichever way we win}, drowning sorrows when we lose and never giving up hope that there will be better times to come.

    That’s real what fans do.

    Whether they attend matches or not.

  • geordietom

    May 12, 2020 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #14


    see how journo’s pick up on things and rehash them typical from the Chronicle…

  • geordietom

    May 12, 2020 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #16

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