'I'm delighted' - Newcastle United trigger one-year extension for ‘consistent’ Eddie Howe favourite

Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)
Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images) | AFP via Getty Images
Newcastle United will retain backup goalkeeper Mark Gillespie for another season

Newcastle United have confirmed Mark Gillespie’s one-year extension ahead of the summer transfer window.

The Magpies announced their retained list for the 2024-25 campaign on Wednesday. High-profile absentees included Paul Dummett and Matt Ritchie, with Jeff Hendrick and Kelland Watts also facing the chop.

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But Newcastle have decided to keep Throckley native Gillespie as a backup goalkeeper. The 32-year-old arrived in 2020 and has made just three first-team appearances.

Gillespie last played a professional game for Newcastle four years ago against Newport County in the Carabao Cup. However, the shot-stopper was given a run out in the recent end-of-season friendlies with Tottenham Hotspur and the A-League All Stars.

Speaking to the club website, he spoke of his delight at being offered a new deal. Gillespie said: "I'm delighted to be extending my contract into next season. This is the club I grew up supporting and it's a hugely exciting time to be a part of it. 

“We have a brilliant group in the dressing room and at the training ground. It's a great environment to work in. I'm already looking forward to pre-season and getting back onto the grass."

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Eddie Howe - just as he did following Newcastle’s friendly win over Spurs, hailed the backup keeper for his attitude in training. The Toon boss added: "Mark's attitude to his work and his consistency are of the highest order.

"He continues to set an example in how he trains, plays and supports his teammates, and that's a hugely important component in any squad. I'm delighted to have him with us."

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