Back in April, there were reports that Newcastle were lining up local lad Mark Gillespie as a free agent this summer.
The 28-year-old had become a free agent are leaving Scottish Premiership side Motherwell. He joined them as a free agent from Walsall in 2018.
Gillespie is a Carlisle Academy product but was born in Newcastle. His move to his hometown club had been in the works before the coronavirus and Newcastle’s takeover threw it into doubt.
However, Sky Sports reporter Keith Downie is reporting that the goalkeeper has agreed to join Newcastle on a three-year deal. He will replace Rob Elliot, who will depart Newcastle after nine years at the club on June 30th.
Goalkeeper Mark Gillespie has agreed a three-year deal with boyhood club, Newcastle. He’s a free agent after leaving Motherwell. Gillespie will be a replacement for Rob Elliot and will compete with Martin Dubravka & Karl Darlow ? #NUFC
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) June 27, 2020
This has to be a dream move for Mark. Though he will find it a challenge to get much playing time with Martin Dubravka the clear number one at the moment.
However, if this report is accurate, then we are thrilled that Newcastle have added another Geordie to the ranks.