Michael Liddle stay extended

31/01/2011, by Jeff Bowron

Michael liddleGateshead have extended Republic of Ireland U.21 international Michael Liddle's loan spell until the end of the season.

The Sunderland defender made a spectacular start to his Gateshead career earlier this month when he scored a stunning goal in the 2-2 draw with Kidderminster Harriers.

The 21-year-old, who played 22 games on loan for Carlisle United in 2008/9, also found the net in another 2-2 draw at Luton Town.

Manager Ian Bogie is delighted to have secured Liddle's services for the rest of the campaign, particularly with experienced left back Paul Heckingbottom still sidelined.

"Liddle is an accomplished player who has impressed me during his short time at Gateshead," said Bogie "and it's great that we have managed to keep hold of him until the end of the season.

"He has played five games and chipped in with two goals, which is a real bonus. He has good pace and is comfortable on the ball.

"We are grateful to Sunderland for allowing him to continue his education at Gateshead. He has fitted in well and is a good player."

Gateshead have also come to an agreement with Newcastle United to extend rising star James Tavernier's loan spell at the International Stadium.

Tavernier, 19, has made a good impression at right back and can also play at centre half, having made two League Cup appearances for Newcastle in that position.

Gateshead have a second Magpie, Joan Simun Edmundsson, on loan, the Faroe Islander having scored one goal so far.