Former Motherwell goalkeeper Mark Gillespie has confirmed that he has signed for Newcastle United on Twitter.
I am proud to have signed for Newcastle United. It’s been some journey from sitting in the Strawberry Corner at St James’ Park with my Dad as a 5 year old. When I got released from the club at 16, I never thought I’d be back one day. What A Feeling. @NUFC #HowayTheLads 🖤🤍 pic.twitter.com/Zb5FWJQwUC
— Mark Gillespie (@markjgillespie) July 3, 2020
The 28-year-old was released 12 years ago while he was in the Magpies academy, but he has now returned and will join the first-team as a replacement for the departed Rob Elliot.
Gillespie has agreed a three-year deal with Newcastle after leaving the Scottish Premiership side as a free agent, and it will be interesting to see if he can force his way into boss Steve Bruce’s first-team plans with Martin Dubravka the undisputed first-choice goalkeeper at the moment.
He held extensive discussions with the club about signing a pre-contract ahead of the summer transfer a few months ago and was very close to agreeing a deal before the coronavirus pandemic halted footballing activities.
He featured for Carlisle United and Walsall in the League One and League Two but will fancy his chances of becoming a Premier League goalie after establishing himself as one of the best in the SPFL during his two seasons with the Steelmen.