Keith Curle holds out hopes of keeping Macauley Gillesphey thanks to two factors.

The Carlisle boss thinks it will largely depend on whether the Newcastle loan player feels he is in the right place to develop, then Keith Curle also believes that home comforts could then be a decider if needed.

Turning 21 last month, the young Newcastle defender has started 14 of Carlisle’s 21 League Two matches as well as sub, plus anther four appearances in the cups.

The club does look a good fit at the moment as Carlisle and Gillesphey find themselves second in the table, seven points clear on fourth place in the automatic promotion places.

Macauley Gillesphey is one of many Newcastle players who have loans ending in January, with Keith Curle hoping that the fact the player likes having his washing and ironing done by his mam, amongst other home comforts, will possibly deter him from looking at a club further afield

Keith Curle talking to Carlisle News & Star:

“I’ve spoken to Macaulay Gillesphey and his agent, we’ve spoken to Newcastle.

“I think the process now is that Newcastle are speaking to their player to find out ultimately if Macaulay is happy, and does he see himself developing, improving and getting the game time his career development needs?

“The other aspect is that Macaulay is a home bird – I think he enjoys his mum’s cooking, enjoys his mum doing his washing and ironing and telling him what a good player he is!

“That will hopefully continue. Macaulay’s a nice lad that’s learning, and a young man that’s going to go on and have a very good career.”