Mapies defender joins Gateshead on loan

06/10/2011, by Jeff Bowron

Jeff HendersonGateshead have today completed the signing of highly rated Newcastle United central defender Jeff Henderson on a one month loan.

Ashington-born Henderson, 20 in December, has been a regular for United's reserves and was an unused sub in the Carling Cup win at Nottingham Forest last month.

The 6' 1" defender played for a strong Newcastle reserves side that won 3-0 at Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday.

Henderson made his Reserve team debut in a Central League Cup tie against Sheffield United on 22nd September 2008 and scored his first United goal at Sheffield Wednesday in November that year.

Henderson joins another Newcastle United teenager, Jak Alnwick, at Gateshead and the goalkeeper's loan spell has been increased for another two weeks.

Gateshead manager Ian Bogie brought in defender James Tavernier and Faroe Islands international Joan Edmundsson on loan from Premier League neighbours Newcastle last season.

Bogie has drafted in Henderson after captain Ben Clark tore a hamstring against Tamworth on Saturday and will be out for another month.

Bogie said: "Henderson is a young up and coming player who I've seen on a few occasions and who is highly rated at Newcastle.

"He will go straight into the side at Ebbsfleet United on Saturday, and I wouldn't bring in a player from Newcastle United to sit in the stands.

"It is not a slur on the lads who came in at the centre of defence against Wrexham, but I felt we were a bit short and we have to correct the problem straight away.

"Alnwick has done very well during his month at the club and will be on the bench again at Ebbsfleet as Tim Deasy is still a couple of weeks away."

James MarwoodA busy day on the loan front was concluded with former Newcastle United trainee James Marwood joining Blue Square Bet North club FC Halifax Town on loan.

The 21-year-old winger with pace to burn has just recovered from a broken ankle sustained near the end of last season.

Marwood has featured in the last two reserve games and will now link up with The Shaymen who are managed by Gateshead-born Neil Aspin,

"Marwood is fully recovered from his injury and now needs games under his belt," added Bogie "he will get that at Halifax at a good standard of football.

"It is a good set up at The Shay and is a situation that will benefit everyone, though he won't be allowed to play in the FA Trophy or FA Cup.



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Jeff Henderson in friendly action for Newcastle Reserves v Gateshead Reserves last month. Photos by