Alnwick Deal Extended

21/10/2011, by Jeff Bowron

Jak AlnwickGateshead have extended the loan deal of former England U.18 goalkeeper Jak Alnwick until the end of 2011.

Alnwick has impressed during his six week loan spell at Gateshead from Premier League neighbours Newcastle United.

The 18-year-old has played five reserve games that included matches against Rangers, Sunderland and Carlisle United.

The Hexham-born keeper was then handed his first team debut in Tuesday's 2-3 defeat at home to Southport in the Blue Square Bet Premier.

Despite the scoreline Alnwick was named Man of the Match after he made a string of fine saves during the 90 minutes.

That was enough for Gateshead boss Ian Bogie to approach his former club Newcastle to extend the teenager's stay at the International Stadium.

"I'm delighted Newcastle have agreed to allow Alnwick to stay until the end of the year as he has proved a very capable goalkeeper during his time at the club," said Bogie.

"He has been outstanding in both matches and training and fully deserved to be named Man of the Match against Southport.

"Alnwick is an England Youth international who clearly has a bright future in the game.

"He made some great saves against Southport and has another year on his contract at Newcastle so playing at Gateshead will be good experience for him.

"There are a lot of goalkeepers at Newcastle. Three of them are out on loan and staying at Gateshead will develop his football education and benefit all parties."

Newcastle United have allowed both Alnwick and on loan defender Jeff Henderson to play in the FA Cup.

The teenage duo will therefore be available for Gateshead's 4th qualifying round home tie against Hebburn Town on 29th October.


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