Newcastle youngster Alex Gilliead outlines his ambitions for the season

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The 19-year-old is hopeful of a first-team role but a loan move is more likely.

Newcastle United academy prospect Alex Gilliead has revealed his desire to break into the Magpies' first-team this season, in quotes published by the Chronicle.

The 19-year old has impressed for the Under-21s, grabbing his first goal at St James Park on Friday, and is now looking to kick on.

“I’m hoping that if I really show what I can do then I could maybe force my way into the first-team squad - that is my main aim for the season,” said the England Under-20 international.

The chances of the promising attacker making it into Steve McClaren’s first team plans this campaign are slim however, and a loan move is the likely next step for Gilliead.

Coventry City could be the destination, with the Newcastle man having trained with them previously and fellow academy graduate Adam Armstrong having such a successful time there – and Gilliead is open to the move.

“But I would also like to go out on loan because I’ve trained with Coventry for a couple of weeks and I really enjoyed that,” he said.

“So if I can’t get into the manager’s plans in the short term then I’d welcome going out on loan and getting some first-team football.

“I want to have the chance to put my name out there, be it on loan or within the first-team squad at Newcastle,” he added.

The determined attitude of the pacey forward is sure to please McClaren as he looks to build a long-term future at the club.

Armstrong’s start to the season has demonstrated the potential benefits of a loan move and Gilliead will be expected to follow suit and seize the opportunity if he departs from St James’ temporarily.

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