By Danny Wright
Young Newcastle attacker Alex Gilliead has revealed that he was the subject of a number of approaches from other clubs ahead of his loan switch to Bradford.
The Bantams announced on their official Twitter account on Friday that they had agreed to bring the 21-year-old back to Valley Parade for a six-short term stay.
— Bradford City AFC (@officialbantams) July 7, 2017
Gilliead made just ten appearances for the Yorkshire club during his temporary spell in the second half of last season, as he had his playing time severely reduced by injury.
However according to Gilliead, he had managed to attract the attention of several different teams after helping Stuart McCall’s side reach the League One play-off final last term.
“I had a couple of other clubs enquiring about me but having been here last season and having spoken again with the gaffer last week, it was a fairly easy decision to come back,” said the attack-minded winger, who can also play as a striker, to Bradford’s official club website.
“I got injured at a bad time last season and I ended up missing seven or eight weeks in total.
“With that in mind, I feel like I have a lot more to show the fans here.”
Gilliead is no stranger to being sent out on loan, as prior to his switch to Valley Parade he enjoyed successful stints with Carlisle and Luton.
He has also made an impression with the England youth-team set-up, playing at four different levels with his most senior appearances coming with the Under-20s side, who he played for seven times.
The Newcastle academy product is entering the final year of his contract at St. James’ Park, but the club have an option to extend it by a further year if they see fit.
In other Newcastle news, the Magpies have confirmed this double signing that bolsters their defensive options.