Gillies contract extended

03/10/2011, by Jeff Bowron

Josh GilliesYoung Gateshead midfielder Josh Gillies has had his contract extended until the end of the year after a string of impressive performances.

The 21-year-old FA Vase winner has played the last five games following a shoulder injury to fellow wide man Chris Moore.

Brought in during the 2010 close season from Whitley Bay Gillies' opportunities were limited during his first season at Gateshead.

The Wearsider, however, has scored against Cambridge United this season, picked up a Man of the Match award and contributed two assists.

The former Blyth Spartans man had been on a month-to-month deal and now has the security of a longer contract.

"Gillies has grasped his chance with both hands," said manager Ian Bogie "he has done well and must now perform consistently to stay in the side.

"He has had to be patient and is one of a number of talented youngsters at the club. Having players who can come in and do a good job is what it is all about.

"It is why we have got a reserve side. Players not in the starting XI are getting regular games and can therefore slot straight in when needed."

Utility player Chris Carruthers meanwhile returned to training today and will be in the 16 for the top three showdown with Wrexham on Tuesday.

James Marwood will step up his comeback campaign in Wednesday's behind closed doors reserves friendly against Livingston.

Fellow wide man Chris Moore, however, is still sidelined with a shoulder injury while captain Ben Clark is out with a hamstring tear.

Long serving defender James Curtis is recovering from a head injury sustained against Tamworth on Saturday and will be assessed tomorrow to see if he can play against Wrexham.


Josh Gillies in action against Cambridge United

Josh Gillies in action against Cambridge United.