NUFC duo seal loan moves away from St. James’ Park

Newcastle United prospects Tom Heardman and Alex Gilliead have secured loan moves to League One clubs today, with striker Heardman signing for Lee Clark’s Bury on season-long loan, whilst winger Gilliead joins last season’s promotion contenders, Bradford City.

6ft 4′ striker Heardman, often dubbed the new Andy Carroll, enjoyed an impressive season for Beardsley’s U-23’s, scoring 7 times in 14 appearances this season and was recently rewarded with a new deal on Tyneside.

I watched Heardman in Newcastle U-23’s play-off final defeat to West Ham at St. James’ Park in May and he impressed me. He bullied West Ham’s centre-backs, showing his ability to hold up the play and cause havoc in the air. A year playing senior football week in week out in League One will do him the world of good.

Promising winger Alex Gilliead has joined last season’s League One play-off finalists Bradford City once again on a 6-month loan deal. The 21-year-old now looks set to play against Newcastle later this month, with Rafa’s men travelling to Bradford for a pre-season friendly on 26th July.

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

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