Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce has told The Chronicle that the club have completed a deal for Motherwell goalkeeper Mark Gillespie.

The Magpies were dumped out of the FA Cup on Sunday evening, losing 2-0 at home to Manchester City in a rather one-sided encounter at St James’ Park.

Straight after the game, Bruce admitted that a deal for Gillespie has been secured ‘in the last 24 hours’, ahead of his Motherwell deal ending.

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Bruce admitted that he is ‘delighted’ to have signed Gillespie, and pointed out the remarkable journey Gillespie has taken having been on the Newcastle books as a kid – and now he’s back.

“The deal has been signed in the last 24 hours,” said Bruce. “We’re delighted to have him on board. It just goes to show, he went away as a youngster and played games and now we welcome him back,” he added.

Gillespie, 28, will become a free agent on Wednesday, with his Motherwell deal ending on the 30th of June. After starring in Scotland, he’s now heading back to England.

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Gillespie was born in Newcastle, and spent his formative years with the Magpies before leaving in 2008, joining Carlisle United.

After 180 appearances there, Gillespie joined Walsall in 2017, and headed up to Scotland just a year later, where he has become a very solid goalkeeper.

Now back with his hometown club, Gillespie may only be third choice behind Karl Darlow and Martin Dubravka, but he now becomes Newcastle’s first summer signing in a rather emotional move.

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