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Magpies defender signs third half-season deal with Carlisle United

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Newcastle United defender Macaulay Gillesphey has agreed a third half-season loan deal with Carlisle United, keeping him at Brunton Park until the end of the season.

21-year-old Gillesphey initially joined the Blues on a short-term loan deal in September 2015 .

He rejoined the team for pre-season in July and has so far added 22 appearances to the 27 he made for the club last season.

We see ourselves as very much a part of Macaulay’s medium and long term development. He has some excellent attributes and he’s shown us recently that he has versatility and adaptability by playing in a role which is unfamiliar to him."

– Keith Curle, Carlisle United manager

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Blues boss looks ahead to weekend game as 'chance to reflect'

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Carlisle United boss Keith Curle says this weekend's game against Notts County will be a chance for the team to reflect on what they need to do to secure promotion.

The game will mark the halfway point in the season and after Boxing Day's draw with Crewe, the Blues will be looking to get back to winning ways.

Fifty per cent of the season gone. That will ultimately set a benchmark and marker for the season for what we need to achieve for the second half of the season. Within that we'll take on board wins, draws, defeats, performances, opportunities. So again I think it will be a good benchmark."

– Keith Curle, Carlisle United Manager
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