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Gillies Makes Permanent Heed Return

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Malcolm Crosby, the new manager of Vanarama National League club Gateshead, has completed his second signing with Josh Gillies joining on a permanent deal.

The 25-year old joined the Tynesiders in an emergency loan from Carlisle United in March, and has earned a contract at the International Stadium after impressing in his five appearances for Gateshead.

Gillies began his career with spells at Blyth Spartans and Whitley Bay, before joining the Heed in 2010, where he made ninety-one appearances and scored 19 goals over the course of three seasons.

The attacking midfielder then moved to the Cumbrians ahead of the 2013/14 campaign, but found opportunities limited at Brunton Park.

With failing to break into the Carlisle first-team, he made a dozen appearances on loan at Cambridge, finding the net on 3 occasions to help the U’s gain promotion to the Football League.

After agreeing to re-join Gateshead in an emergency loan, Gillies made an instantaneous impression.

In his second appearance, which was a thrilling 2-2 draw against FC Halifax Town, the Sunderland-born player scored a dramatic equaliser before getting sent off in the dying moments of the game.

Despite seeing red, Gillies grabbed the attention of Crosby, causing the Heed boss to sign the midfielder after he was released by Carlisle.

“I watched Josh against Halifax and thought he had a very good game.

“What impressed me was his willingness to take people on.

“The delivery of his set pieces were also brilliant. That’s something we should try and take advantage of.

“He got sent-off at the end, which was unfortunate, but I was very impressed with him.

“I’ve asked him to stay and as a younger player he has got to kick on, and take us to where we want to be.

“I think he has got talent. He seems friendly with the other players, so I’m looking forward to working with the lad.

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