Newcastle defender Macauley Gillesphie joins Carlisle on a free

General view of the Newcastle United club badge during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St. James Park on February 11, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne,...

Gillesphey's contract at Newcastle United had expired.

A general view of St James' Park during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Chelsea at St. James Park on May 13, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Young defender Macauley Gillesphey has joined English League Two side Carlisle United after being released by Newcastle United, with his contract set to expire.

The 22-year-old centre-back has joined John Sheridan's side after penning a two-year deal with the club, following two loan spells at Brunton Park.

Gillesphey joined Carlisle on loan for the entire 2015-16 season, before rejoining the fourth-tier outfit during the second half of the 2016-17 season. He clocked up 63 appearances for Carlisle in total.

Now, he joins the club permanently following his Toon release, after Rafa Benitez failed to bring the versatile defender - who can also play at left-back - into the first team.

The likes of Jamaal Lascelles, Florian Lejeune, Chancel Mbemba and Ciaran Clark have prevented Gillesphey from making a break into the first team of late.

After 54 appearances for Ben Dawson's Under-23 side, Gillesphey will be hoping he can reignite his career away from his boyhood club by helping Carlisle build on their tenth-placed finish last season and push for the play-offs.

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