Northern Freegold Resources Ltd.

Northern Freegold Resources Ltd.

July 08, 2010 09:15 ET

Northern Freegold Adds Second Drill Ahead of Schedule to Successful Drilling Program at Freegold Mountain Project, Yukon

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 8, 2010) - Northern Freegold Resources Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:NFR) is pleased to announce arrival of the second drill ahead of schedule at the road accessible, district scale (198 km2) Freegold Mountain Project. Step out diamond drilling began at the Nucleus Deposit (million ounce1 NI 43-101 compliant inferred gold resource) on June 29, 2010. The Nucleus deposit remains open to further expansion in all directions and to depth. The primary objective of the 4,500 m drill program at Nucleus is to increase the resource. The Nucleus deposit is primarily a gold system with some copper enrichment, but is thought to be part of a much larger gold-copper porphyry system which extends through the Revenue Zone.

The first drill has completed a total of 2,550 m of the planned 5,500 m program in the Revenue Zone where a large scale gold and copper soil anomaly (24 km2) extends from the Nucleus Deposit for 6 km eastward. Sixteen reverse circulation (RC) holes have been completed at the Granger target, and the RC drill has been moved to the Discovery target within the Revenue Zone, where it is currently drilling its 3rd hole (see attached map).

The 10,000 m combined diamond and RC drill program in the Nucleus and Revenue zones is part of a Phase 1 Program at Freegold Mountain. Drill results will be released as they are received, compiled and interpreted.

The Revenue Zone shows similar geological and mineralogical characteristics to other deposits in the region which have developed multi-million ounce gold resources with multi-billion pound copper resources. Limited historical drilling in the target areas has identified results warranting follow up which may lead to definition of new project resources.

Susan Craig, NFR's President & CEO commented "Management is pleased with the rapid progress of the drill program at site and looking forward to releasing results as they are received. Trips to site reinforce management's belief that the project has the potential for significant resource expansion and possible discovery of a much larger system."

1(35.8 million tonnes @ 0.87 g/t gold with a 0.4 g/t cutoff; see news release dated March 5, 2010).

Dr. Allan Armitage, PhD, P. Geol (AB), Exploration Manager for Northern Freegold is a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and will be responsible for quality control of exploration undertaken by the Company and has reviewed and approved the technical information in this release.

About the Freegold Mountain Project

The road accessible Freegold Mountain Project is located 200 km northwest of Whitehorse, the capital of the Yukon and is situated within an active exploration and mining area in the Tintina Gold Belt of the Yukon which includes the producing Minto Mine of Capstone Mining Corp. to the north, Casino Deposit and Carmacks Copper Deposit of Western Copper Corporation to the west and east, and the White Gold Property of Underworld/Kinross to the northwest. NFR controls 198 square km (75 square miles) within the district scale Freegold Mountain Project. Within the project expanse are at least 20 identified mineralized zones, including the Nucleus, Revenue and Tinta.

The Freegold Mountain Project is located on the Freegold Mountain Road, a government maintained gravel road. The Freegold Road connects to the Klondike Highway, an all weather paved highway, which connects to Whitehorse, the capital of the Yukon, and the major supply centre for the Yukon. Powerlines located along the Klondike Highway are at present 30 km from the Freegold Project boundary. The Carmacks Copper deposit will require a 12 km power line to connect to the power grid along the Klondike Highway. From this location, the power line would be within 7 km of the Freegold Mountain project boundary.

Numerous multi-milllion ounce gold deposits occur in the Tintina Gold Belt including the producing Fort Knox mine operated by Kinross Gold Corporation and the Pogo mine operated by Sumitomo Metal Mining in Alaska. Multi-million ounce development stage projects include the recently discovered Livengood Project of International Tower Hill Mines Ltd., also located in Alaska. In close proximity to the Freegold Mountain Project area, the Carmacks Copper Deposit of Western Copper Corporation is in its final permitting stage and the Casino Copper-Gold-Moly Deposit which is preparing for entering into the Yukon Environmental Assessment Process.

Northern Freegold is a well financed rapidly advancing Canadian-based precious metals exploration and development company, which brings local expertise and strong management to focus on the development of economic mineral resources on the district-scale Freegold Mountain gold and copper project in the Yukon and the Burro Creek gold and silver property in Arizona.

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Northern Freegold Resources Ltd.

On behalf of the Board of Directors

Susan P. Craig, President & CEO

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements - The information in this press release includes certain "forward-looking statements" All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included herein including, without limitation, plans for and intentions with respect to the company's properties, statements regarding intentions with respect to obligations due for various projects, strategic alternatives, quantity of resources or reserves, timing of permitting, construction and production and other milestones, are forward looking statements. Statements concerning Mineral Reserves and Mineral Resources are also forward-looking statements in that they reflect an assessment, based on certain assumptions, of the mineralization that would be encountered and mining results if the project were developed and mined in the manner described. Forward-looking statements involve various risks and uncertainties. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from NFR's expectations include the uncertainties involving the need for additional financing to explore and develop properties and availability of financing in the debt and capital markets; uncertainties involved in the interpretation of drilling results and geological tests and the estimation of reserves and resources; the need for cooperation of government agencies and First Nation groups in the exploration, and development of properties; and the need to obtain permits and governmental approval. NFR's forward looking statements reflect the beliefs, opinions and projections of management on the date the statements are made. NFR assumes no obligation to update the forward looking statements if management's beliefs, opinions, projections, or other factors should they change.

Cautionary Note Regarding Reserve and Resource Estimates - This press release has been prepared in accordance with the requirements of the securities laws in effect in Canada, which differ from the requirements of U.S. securities laws. Unless otherwise indicated, all resource and reserve estimates included in this press release have been prepared in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects ("NI 43-101") and the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy Classification System. NI 43-101 is a rule developed by the Canadian Securities Administrators which establishes standards for all public disclosure an issuer makes of scientific and technical information concerning mineral projects. Canadian standards, including NI 43-101, differ significantly from the requirements of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), and resource and reserve information contained herein may not be comparable to similar information disclosed by U.S. companies. In particular, and without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the term "resource" does not equate to the term "reserves". Investors should also understand that "inferred mineral resources" have a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence and great uncertainty as to their economic and legal feasibility. It cannot be assumed that all or any part of an "inferred mineral resource" will ever be upgraded to a higher category. The estimation of quantities of resources and reserves is complex, based on significant subjective assumptions and forward-looking information, including assumptions that arise from the evaluation of geological, geophysical, engineering and economic data for a given ore body. This data could change over time as a result of numerous factors, including new information gained from development activities, evolving production history and a reassessment of the viability of production under different economic conditions. Changes in data and/or assumptions could cause reserve estimates to substantially change from period to period. No assurance can be given that the indicated level of mineral will be produced. Actual production could differ from expected production and an adverse change in mineral prices could make a reserve uneconomic to mine. Variations could also occur in actual ore grades and recovery rates from estimates.

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