Magpies keeper joins on loan

08/09/2011, by Jeff Bowron

Jak AlnwickGateshead have today completed the signing of promising teenage Newcastle United goalkeeper Jak Alnwick on an initial one month loan deal.

The England U.18 international has been brought in to cover for Tim Deasy who is today undergoing minor knee surgery in Newcastle.

The former Barrow keeper is expected to be sidelined for at least four weeks.

Alnwick will be on the bench for this weekend's Blue Square Bet Premier game at Fleetwood Town when ever-present Paul Farman will be between the posts.

Alnwick, the younger brother of Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Ben, was originally with Newcastle's arch rivals Sunderland.

He played a major role in helping Newcastle United's U.18 side reach the FA Youth Cup semi-finals in 2009/10 and is renowned for his bravery and shot-stopping ability.

The Hexham-born keeper was called into the England U.20 squad for the FIFA U20 World Cup in Colombia in July having previously been capped at U.16 and U.17 level.

The 18-year-old will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of Steve Harper who spent a successful loan spell at Gateshead 14 years ago at the start of his career.

The deal is further evidence of the increasingly beneficial link up between Gateshead and Premier League neighbours Newcastle United.

Gateshead boss Ian Bogie said: "We have a good relationship with my former club Newcastle and we are grateful that they have allowed Jak Alnwick to join us on loan.

"He is a highly rated young goalkeeper who will deputise for Tim Deasy while he recovers from his operation and it is a deal that benefits all parties."

Last season Gateshead took defender James Tavernier and striker Joan Edmondson on loan from Newcastle, Tavernier helping the club reach the last four of the FA Trophy for the first time.

"Tavernier benefited from spending the second half of the season at Gateshead," added Bogie "he came on leaps and bounds and made a big impression.

"He was involved in a number of first team pre-season friendliest at Newcastle this summer and is doing well on loan at Carlisle United in League One.

"Players who come to Gateshead on loan from Premier League clubs Newcastle and Sunderland are coming into a good competitive environment and playing against good sides in this league.

"The Blue Square Bet Premier is an excellent competition and a good grounding for players and the loan deals are good for both clubs."


Jak Alnwick playing for Newcastle United

Jak Alnwick in action for Newcastle United. Photos courtesy of NUFC.