Newcastle loan star Alex Gilliead scored his fourth goal in 11 League Two starts (plus five as sub) as Carlisle overcame Accrington Stanley 2-0 on Saturday.
Gilliead turns 20 years old on Thursday and it was also an early birthday present as his coolly taken 38th minute strike (watch it below) killed off Accrington, making it two up before half-time.
The winger was joined on the pitch by fellow Newcastle United loan player Macauley Gillesphey, the defender thrown into the action as a substitute in the 16th minute.
Alex Gilliead’s latest goal comes only nine days after he signed a new extended contract for Newcastle United, though he will continue his season at Carlisle.
Great to see Carlisle United back playing at Brunton Park after the disastrous floods and now only three points off the play-offs, things could get even better for the Cumbrian club and their two Newcastle helpers.
This is how Newcastle United confirmed Alex Gilliead’s new contract and make sure you have a look at his latest goal below (go to 0.40 if you want to go straight to his goal)
Official Newcastle United Statement
‘Newcastle United teenage forward Alex Gilliead has signed a new two-and-a-half-year contract.
The 19-year-old, who is currently on loan at League Two side Carlisle United until the end of the season, has put pen to paper on a deal which will keep him at St. James’ Park until 30th June 2018, with the option of a further year.
Gilliead is yet to make his first team debut for Newcastle but was an unused substitute at Leicester City in the FA Cup in January 2015 and is a current England Under-20 international.
“I’m over the moon, Newcastle is my boyhood club – I’ve always wanted to play for them and always will want to play for them, so as soon as I knew they wanted to offer me a new contract, I jumped at it.
“I’ve grown up a lot over the last few months at Carlisle and I think the loan has really helped me to get into this position.”
“Alex is a tricky wide player, someone who is very direct and is doing very well at Carlisle United.
“He has chosen the right career path by going on loan, impressing and earning a new contract. He is a player with a good future.”