Newcastle duo join Carlisle on loan and are told to fight for a place

Alex Gilliead in action
Alex Gilliead in action

Newcastle United have loaned teenage duo Alex Gilliead and Macaulay Gillesphey to Carlisle United for a month.

The pair, who are both 19-years-old, are regulars for the Magpies’ under-21 side and will remain at Brunton Park until Sunday, 11th October.

Delighted Carlisle boss Keith Curle has welcomed the pair but warned them they have to earn their right to play in the Cumbrians starting eleven.

Curle said: “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.”

Winger Gilliead has recently returned from international duty with England Under-20 and followed that up with a goal against Arsenal for the second-string on Friday night at St James’s Park.

Gillesphey is a left-sided defender who is capable of being deployed at either centre-back or full-back.

Carlisle are currently ninth in League Two, with 12 points from their seven fixtures to date.

Curle added: “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.”

Under the terms of the youth loan, Gilliead and Gillesphey will still be able to represent Newcastle’s under-21 side.