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Karl Darlow has claimed on Newcastle United’s official website that he has been very impressed by summer signing Mark Gillespie in training.

Gillespie joined Newcastle from Motherwell this summer to add further depth to their goalkeeping ranks.

The 28-year-old may not be Newcastle’s most high profile of signings over the previous transfer window.

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But Darlow has already seen enough from Gillespie to suggest that he is more than capable of impressing at St. James’ Park.

“He’s been brilliant,” Darlow said.

“Obviously for him it was a massive moment coming back here and he’s probably already told you about how proud he is to come and make his debut against Blackburn in that first round. He did brilliantly well against Blackburn and he did very well against Morecambe.

“It’s brilliant for him to be playing for his boyhood club and he’s proved himself more than good enough to be here and be playing for Newcastle United, which I think is a big thing as well. He’s been magnificent in training and he’s a great lad, so it’s all good.”

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Gillespie is currently providing back-up to Darlow, with Martin Dubravka out injured.

It could be that the competition for places that has pushed Darlow on, as he produced an excellent display at the weekend.

Darlow pulled off a huge number of excellent saves against Tottenham Hotspur, as Newcastle picked up a point in North London.

The Magpies are next in action tomorrow evening, when they take on Newport County in the League Cup, and it will be interesting to see which goalkeeper Steve Bruce selects.

Newcastle United’s opening fixtures of 2020/21

  1. West Ham (A)

    September 12

  2. Brighton (H)

    September 19

  3. Tottenham (A)

    September 26

  4. Burnley (H)

    October 3

  5. Manchester United (H)

    October 17

  6. Wolves (A)

    October 24

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