Motherwell’s season is over after the Scottish Premiership campaign was ended early, and they’re now looking towards the summer and next season.

With the season ended, player contracts are coming to an end too. Tough decisions have to be made, especially with the impact of the global pandemic.

Club captain Peter Hartley and full back Richard Tait will leave, with Rohan Ferguson, Christian Ilic, Christy Mazinga and Adam Livingstone also going.

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Those players have either turned down deals or Motherwell don’t want to keep them, but goalkeeper Mark Gillespie likely fall into the former category.

Gillespie was the headline name of the Motherwell exits. The 28-year-old shot-stopper has starred in goal for Motherwell since arriving from Walsall in 2018, and is likely to head back to England.

Gillespie certainly deserves a big move having impressed so much in Scotland, and his confirmed Motherwell may just play into Newcastle’s hands.

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The Daily Record recently claimed that Newcastle want to re-sign Gillespie. Born in Newcastle, Gillespie started his career with the club before being released way back in 2008.

Newcastle’s takeover should go through soon, at which point fans would expect higher profile additions. Yet with Karl Darlow potentially looking to move on for first-team football, Gillespie could be signed as competition for Martin Dubravka without breaking the bank.

Gillespie will likely have plenty of interest, but the lure of heading home and playing for Newcastle as a professional – having failed to realise that dream as a kid – may be too hard to snub.

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