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INTERVIEW: I'm always learning

5 January 2017

Macaulay Gillesphey on extending his loan spell

We caught up with Newcastle loanee Macaulay Gillesphey to talk to him about the extension to his loan agreement which keeps him at Brunton Park until the end of the season.

“I’m happy to have signed again,” he told us. “It’s going to continue to help my development by staying here, so I’m pleased.

“I’ve got 49 appearances under my belt as a professional, which I’m very happy with. I’m 21 now and I think that’s a good achievement for my age. I’m obviously just looking to get a lot more.

“I think every player has to be ambitious and try and get as many appearances as they can, especially when you’re a young lad, because it can only help you.

“I’m grateful for the manager giving me the appearances and for wanting to keep me here again. It’s improving me as a player, so I’m very grateful."

Having been used in a number of roles through his 16-month stay with the club, he said: “I’d obviously prefer to be playing at centre half but it’s also good for me to play at left back.

"I’m always learning and it will help me with my career because I now know I can playat  left back as well."

Speaking about the feedback he's had from his parent club about the move, he said: “I haven’t spoken to my coach at Newcastle yet, but I spoke to him a week ago and he’s happy with my development and how things are going here.

“I think they know it’s good for me to be playing in a team which is pushing for promotion. We’re in a good position in the league and we just need to keep it going. We’ve only lost two games all season which is an unbelievable achievement from the lads.

“I can feel myself learning in every game, especially with the experienced lads around me on the pitch. We’ve got a very good squad with a lot of good players. We’ve got a great dressing room, it’s a great place to be and I’m really enjoying it."

“When I speak to my team mates back at Newcastle they’re all looking to get out and experience it like I am at the moment," he told us. "I would definitely encourage them to do that if they can because it’s a lot difference to U23s.

"The physical side is different and it means a lot more. It’s all about winning. U23s is more about developing. I think first team football is something every player should look for.”

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