MOTHERWELL free agent Mark Gillespie has agreed a three-year deal with Newcastle.

The 28-year-old goalkeeper started his career with the St James’s Park outfit at academy level before moving to Carlisle United in 2008.

Gillespie played 180 games for the Cumbrians before joining Walsall in 2017 and the Fir Parkers in 2018 where he became their first-choice shotstopper, helping them to finish third last season.

Tyneside boss Steve Bruce, speaking to Sky Sports News, said: “We’re very pleased to welcome Mark aboard.

“He was here when he was young and has gone on to do very well. He’ll give us really healthy competition with our goalkeepers and we wish him the very best of luck.”

Gillespie, who quit Well at the end of his contract, will be back-up to Martin Dubravka and Karl Darlow after long-serving Rob Elliot left the club.

The netminder told the club website: “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.”


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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