Newcastle United have confirmed that defender Macauley Gillesphey has joined Carlisle on loan until January.

The deal follows a successful loan spell last season over in Cumbria.

Newcastle United official statement:

Young defender Macaulay Gillesphey has rejoined Carlisle United on loan.

The Ashington-born 20-year-old spent last season at Brunton Park, making 27 appearances and scoring twice in all competitions as the Cumbrians narrowly missed out on the League Two play-offs.

His debut came in a Capital One Cup tie against Liverpool at Anfield and he played at left-back and centre-back for Keith Curle’s side over the course of the season.

He signed a new contract at St. James’ Park earlier this month and, having featured for Peter Beardsley’s second-string in pre-season, has now headed back to Cumbria until January where he will look to gain more league experience.

Speaking to after penning his new deal, he explained: “When you go to League Two, it’s all about winning. It doesn’t matter how, you’ve just got to win. It doesn’t help when it comes to winter and the pitches start to turn to mud instead of grass, but it was a good learning curve.”

Macauley Gillesphey telling the Carlisle United official website:

“I like being here, it’s a good club with a good set of lads. We’ve been talking about the potential of a loan move for a few weeks but I’ve had to be patient.

“I’ve been focusing on getting fit at Newcastle but I’m happy to be back. I spoke to the manager (Keith Curle) and he persuaded me to come back, and hopefully I can play a lot of games.

“I haven’t had chance to sit down with the manager since I came back over [he rejoined the squad on Monday morning] but he’s happy that I’m here.

“When I spoke to Newcastle about the move they told me they want me to develop the physical side of my game.

“I definitely see myself as a centre half, I feel comfortable there, but I’ll do any job the manager asks me to do.  

“I definitely gained a lot of confidence and experience during my time here last season. I matured as a player and I think that came from playing against more physical players. The style of football was a massive factor in my decision. The gaffer wants to play proper football and I know that will help me develop.

“I’m here to play games where results really matter because U21 football is more about retaining possession.”