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I used to get a fiver for scoring winning goal, now I'm at Newcastle – Gayle

Newcastle United striker Dwight Gayle has revealed that he used to get just five pounds for scoring a winning goal earlier on in his football career.

Just six years ago, Gayle was a carpenter and a part-time footballer playing for Stansted in the ninth tier of English football and fast forward to today, he is on the verge of his debut season with Newcastle having joined the club from Crystal Palace in a deal worth £10million this summer.

Gayle's rise to prominence over the past few years has been nothing short of sensational and the 25-year-old has now gone on to reveal that he would receive around just five pounds for scoring the winning goal while playing for Stansted.

Regarding his career, Gayle told the Daily Mirror : “I was released by Arsenal at 12-13. I played Sunday junior football for 6-7 years.

“Then I was at Stansted for two years between 19 and 21. I've gone from there right through the levels. It was a crazy experience. Sometimes I have to sit and look back and think how far I've gone.

“The other day I was sitting in the ground just looking around thinking: 'Like, wow, I never thought I'd be at a place like this'. I was looking around the ground, just wow. At Stansted I didn't get paid. There was the occasional... well an old man there who used to give me a fiver if I scored the winning goal!

“If I got a hat-trick he'd give me another fiver. He used to come to all the games with his dog and shout stuff from the sides. That was great. It was a motivation to score and get a fiver!

“I signed at Dagenham, went on loan to Bishop Stortford for a year. I played for Dagenham for three months and then Peterborough for six months. Then I went to Palace.

“The grounds get so much bigger. League Two still has a non-league feel about it. In the Championship it would be 26,000, like my debut against Ipswich. It was like in shock.

"That was a good six months. That has happened in six, seven years."

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