Gateshead bring in Black Cat on loan

06/01/2011, by Jeff Bowron

Michael LiddleGateshead have completed the signing of Sunderland left back Michael Liddle on an initial 28 day loan.

Republic of Ireland U.21 international Liddle made his senior debut for Sunderland last season as a second half substitute against Barrow in the FA Cup.

The 21-year-old defender signed a four month loan deal at Leyton Orient for the first half of the current campaign but had to return to Wearside due to injury after making just one appearance.

During 2008/9 the Christmas Day born Londoner played 22 games on loan at Carlisle United and has been capped five times by Ireland at under 21 level.

With Paul Heckingbottom again sidelined due to injury Liddle will go straight into the side to face Kidderminster Harriers at the International Stadium on Saturday.

Liddle is the second young Sunderland defender to join Gateshead on loan this season, Michael Kay having played ten games during October and November.

"Liddle is a player with a bright future and has valuable Football League experience on loan at Carlisle United," said Gateshead manager Ian Bogie.

"He has a good background and has played international football. He will be a useful acquisition and with Heckingbottom injured again we needed to bring a left back in."

Liddle is expected to be the first of several signings with Gateshead having identified a number of targets in a range of positions.

"There are several leads to follow up. I have had talks with Peter Beardsley and Steve Stone at Newcastle and am hopeful something can be done with my former club."

Bogie has not ruled out further signings ahead of this weekend's Blue Square bet Premier game against Kidderminster Harriers on Tyneside.