Emotional Mark Gillespie shares brilliant NUFC story as official pics of new signing are released

Newcastle United have officially announced the signing of goalkeeper Mark Gillespie on a three-year deal.

The 28-year-old signs as a free agent from Motherwell, replacing the departing Rob Elliot as our third choice stopper, and the local lad has since shared a brilliant story on social media after sealing a ‘dream’ return home to Tyneside.

As he shares below, he was a season-ticket holder in the Strawberry Corner aged 5 and an Academy Graduate too in his youth days, yet admits that he never expected to be back 12 years on from his release as a 16-year-old prospect:

Here’s what he told NUFC TV after being unveiled by the club today:

“It’s an unbelievable feeling for me to sign for Newcastle,”

“Being a supporter all my life and to be released at 16 was disappointing, but I have gone away, worked hard and now I’m back, and I can’t wait to make the most of an opportunity every Geordie would dream of.”

What a great story.

Paul Dummett has also paid tribute to Gillespie – someone he knows well and played alongside as a youngster in the club’s Academy many moons ago!

He may not get a great deal of game time with Dubravka our no.1 and capable stoppers Darlow and Woodman also on our books, but you can’t help but be happy for Gillespie.

A boyhood fan back living his dream again!

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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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