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INTERVIEW: A great opportunity for us

15 September 2015

Newcastle United defender Macaulay Gillesphey on his loan move

Newcastle United defender Macaulay Gillesphey spoke to us about what he wants from his move to Brunton Park.

"I think it's a great opportunity for us," he said. "We'll get some first team experience instead of playing under-21 football. I think it will be a challenge because it will be more physical at League Two level.

"I do get a bit nervous before things like this so it was good to know I had Alex [Gilliead] coming with me because I obviously know him well." 

"As I say, I think the players will be more physical that we come up against so it will be a different type of test," he continued. "Judging by what people have said about the way we're going to play we should be able to handle that, because we play proper football.  

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

"The style of play Carlisle have should suit me," he told us. "I'm more of a left-sided player and I like to play out from the back. I'd describe myself as a ball playing defender. I like to think I've got a good left foot.

"I'm just looking forward to being involved as much as possible and to getting some minutes in competitive games. We're both allowed to play in the Liverpool game so that would be an unbelievable experience."

On growing up in football terms with one of the biggest clubs in the country, he said: "It's a great experience to join in with the first team training sessions at Newcastle United. 

"It's another level but it's good to be able to learn from those sorts of players. To watch Coloccini in training is amazing. He's always so calm on the ball and he always plays it out. It's a good place to learn about the game."

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