Gateshead sign Airey on loan

20/01/2012, by Jeff Bowron

Gateshead have today signed Newcastle United striker Phil Airey on a one month loan.

The 20-year-old joined Hibernian on loan earlier in the season but had to return to his native Tyneside due to injury after just one appearance.

Airey found a rich vein of goal scoring form early in 2009/10 but suffered a knee ligament injury which sidelined him for two months.

He was Player of the Tournament in the Foca Cup in Bosnian in May 2010, scoring two goals in the Final against NK Zagreb 3 - 2.

 

Phil Airey

Phil Airey in action for Newcastle United. Photos courtesy of www.NUFC.co.uk.

 

A regular scorer for United's Academy side he made his reserves debut in 2008 and later was the top scorer in the Premier Reserve League North.

His one senior appearance for the Magpies came as a second half substitute in a 3-1 FA Cup defeat at Stevenage last year.

Gateshead manager Ian Bogie is delighted to add the hard working front man to his squad for the next month.

"Airey is an emerging talent and a player I have admired for some time," said Bogie.

"He has scored goals for Newcastle reserves and was unfortunate that his time in Scotland was curtailed by injury.

"He leads the line well and is very quick. He is another good addition to the squad and it is a signing that will keep everyone on their toes."

Airey follows a familiar path across the River Tyne from Premier League neighbours Newcastle United.

United team-mates James Tavernier, Joan Edmundsson, Jeff Henderson and goalkeeper Jak Alnwick have all joined Gateshead in recent times.

"Our relationship with Newcastle United is excellent," added Bogie "the link up is mutually beneficial and Newcastle have been great with us since Alan Pardew took over.

"We are grateful for their assistance and pleased that we can help to assist the development of their rising stars."

Airey goes straight into the Gateshead's 16 for tomorrow's Blue Square Bet Premier game at home to Lincoln City.

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