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Mark Gillespie: Newcastle United sign former Motherwell goalkeeper

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Motherwell goalkeeper Mark Gillespie during a Ladbrokes Premiership match between Motherwell and Celtic at Fir Park.
Image: Mark Gillespie became first choice goalkeeper during his time at Motherwell

Newcastle have signed former Motherwell goalkeeper Mark Gillespie on a three-year contract.

The 28-year-old Magpies supporter was born in the city and started his career with Newcastle at academy level before moving to Carlisle United in 2008 aged 16.

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He played 180 games for the Cumbrians before joining Walsall in 2017 and Scottish Premiership side Motherwell in 2018 where he became their first-choice stopper, helping them to finish third in the Scottish Premiership last season.

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Newcastle manager Steve Bruce 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, a free agent after his contract at Motherwell expired, will be back-up to first-choice keeper Martin Dubravka and Karl Darlow after long-serving Rob Elliot left the club.

"It's an unbelievable feeling for me to sign for Newcastle," Gillespie told the club's website.

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"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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