NUFC ‘agree’ to sign ex-Academy graduate as official return to Tyneside is all but confirmed

According to Sky Sports’ Keith Downie, former Motherwell stopper Mark Gillespie has agreed to sign for Newcastle United.

The North-East correspondent claims the goalkeeper has agreed a three-year deal at St James’ Park, with him set to arrive as Rob Elliot’s replacement following the 34-year-old’s release this week.

Gillespie, 28, is a local lad and graduate of Newcastle’s Academy, with him set to sign on a free after being released by Motherwell earlier this month:

So, another goalkeeping option and a replacement for Elliot who is 6 years his junior, however it’s fair to say he’ll have a job getting game time with Dubravka our no.1, Darlow a capable back up option and Woodman our talented youngster who’ll be keen to feature at first-team level soon after an impressive loan spell with Swansea.

Was the signing of another goalkeeper really needed? Unless Woodman’s future lies elsewhere or we’re preparing for Darlow to leave for first-team football soon, it doesn’t really add up.

Interestingly, The Athletic’s Chris Waugh reported back in May that Gillespie was “all set to sign a pre-contract agreement” at St James’ Park several months ago, only for talk of a potential takeover and the furloughing of several members of staff to put those plans on hold.

But, a few months on, it looks like the 28-year-old has finally agreed a dream move to his boyhood club.

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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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