By Danny Wright
Bradford have confirmed that they have sign Newcastle forward Alex Gilliead on a six-month loan.
The League One club announced the re-signing of the 21-year-old on their official Twitter account on Friday morning after they agreed terms with the Magpies for his second loan spell at Valley Parade.
— Bradford City AFC (@officialbantams) July 7, 2017
Gilliead spent the second half of last season on a short-term deal with the Bantams, and after helping the club reach the League One play-off final, he will surely be hoping to leave them standing in good stead to go one step further when his current stay comes to a conclusion.
The wide forward, who can also play as a striker, made ten appearances in Stuart McCall’s side last term, and supplied one assists in the process.
He is yet to earn a senior appearance with Newcastle but has also been shipped out on temporary terms with Carlisle and Luton, where he spent the first half of the 2016/17 campaign.
Gilliead is one of the more highly-rated youngsters to have recently emerged from the Newcastle academy and has clearly made an impression with the international ranks as he has earned appearances with four England youth levels.
He has made seven appearances for the England Under-20 side, featuring in wins against the Netherlands and Turkey.
Football Insider Verdict
There’s still a lot of time to decide if Gilliead will be able to one day break into the first-team squad at St. James’ Park. This six-month loan move to Bradford could really be the catalyst to spark his career into life and he must treat every game as though they are a cup final. The better he plays for the Bantams, the more Rafa Benitez and co will pay attention on Tyneside. He could even attract other suitors if he plays well enough in League One, as there may be some twitchy Championship teams come January who are in need of an electric winger like Gilliead.
In other Newcastle news, the Magpies have confirmed this double signing that bolsters their defensive options.