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Manager John Sheridan has made a very familiar face his second capture of the summer as he brings defender Macaulay Gillesphey back to Brunton Park – this time on a permanent two-year contract.

Gillesphey, 22, initially joined the Cumbrians on a short-term loan deal in September 2015 as he came highly recommended from the north east.

This turned into a season long stay following some extremely impressive performances and he ended that campaign with 27 appearances and two goals under his belt for the Blues. 

He rejoined the Blues for pre-season in July 2016 and, following another extension to his stay midway through that campaign, added another 36 appearances to his Carlisle United tally. 

A versatile player, he featured at centre back and at left back through his three spells with the club, and was promoted to the first team ranks for his parent club Newcastle United last season as he also featured in their Checkatrade Trophy and cup campaigns.

Having been through the academy system with the Magpies he was released by his home town club at the end of last season.

United gaffer John Sheridan said: "It's nice to get another signing over the line. It's been a slow process but I want to make sure the signings we make are the right people for me and the club.

"Macaulay is a player who has been here before and he knows the place inside out. He did well in a number of positions and he was part of a side that picked up good results and played some attractive football.

"He'll bring competition to the left-hand side and he's a player we'll be able to work with as he continues to learn more about the game. He's a lad who can play left back, central defender or wing back, and he'll help to give us the balance we need in the squad.

"He's coming to us at a good age and hopefully he's another player who will help us to be successful."

This signing remains subject to the clearance of all relevant paperwork.