The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Jamie Holt

CARLISLE United have New­cas­tle leg­end Peter Beard­s­ley to thank for the ad­di­tion of two ex­cit­ing young tal­ents.

Mag­pies duo Macau­lay Gille­sphey and Alex Gil­liead have joined the Cum­bri­ans on loan for a month.

And de­fender Gille­sphey, 19, says New­cas­tle Un­der-21s boss Beard­s­ley, who started his ca­reer at Carlisle be­fore go­ing on to make over 300 ap­pear­ances for the Mag­pies, played a huge role.

“Peter Beard­s­ley said it would be a great op­por­tu­nity for us to come out and get some first-team football,” said Gille­sphey. “It’s a good chal­lenge and we’re at a stage where we need that.

“We’ll get some first-team ex­pe­ri­ence in­stead of play­ing Un­der-21 football. It will be a chal­lenge, be­cause it will be more phys­i­cal at League Two level.”

Gil­liead has been capped for Eng­land at Un­der-18 and Un­der-20 level and the 19year-old is also keen to make his mark with Carlisle.

“I’m over the moon to be here,” said the striker. “I’ve played Un­der-21 football for three sea­sons, but I need to be out and play­ing men’s football now so it’s a great op­por­tu­nity.”

LEG­END: Peter Beard­s­ley

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