28-year-old Newcastle-born goalkeeper Mark Gillespie has become Newcastle’s first signing of the summer.
The free agent’s contract will run out at Motherwell at the end of this month, and Newcastle have signed him up to replace Rob Elliot, whose contract will not be renewed on Tyneside.
He will presumably challenge Karl Darlow for the number two goalie position, with Karl again looking like a more than competent goalkeeper last night in the 2-0 defeat at home to Manchester City in the FA Cup quarter-finals.
We will be signing a few more players this summer, and some classy ones if the takeover led by Ms. Amanda Staveley finally gets the go-ahead from the hesitant Premier League.
Mark joined the Newcastle Academy before he moved to Carlisle United in 2008, at the age of 16.
He started at Carlisle as a youth team player before graduating to the reserve team and finally playing 180 times for the first team.
In June, three years ago, Gillespie joined League One side Walsall on a two-year contract and played 22 times for them before finally moving to Motherwell one year later.
He made 67 total appearances for the Scottish Premiership side.
So Mark(shown above while at Walsall) has played quite a few first-team games – 272 games in total.
He has joined Newcastle on a three-year deal, and manager Strebe Bruce had this to say about the Geordie goalkeeper:
“I think it’s been signed in the last 24 hours. We’re delighted to have him on board.”
“He was here as a youngster, went away, and played some games, and we welcome him back.”
It’s great to have Mark back at his hometown club.