Newcastle United have today completed the signing of Ben Tozer, the Swindon Town 17 year-old left back.
Ben Tozer – turns 18 years old in March – the first of many new youngsters?
Ben and Swindon Town have been in negotiations with Newcastle United since the end of December, but both parties have now agreed an undisclosed fee and a four-and-a-half-year deal for the youngster. The deal will take Ben through to June 2012, when he will be just 22 years old.
Tozer joined Swindon from Plymouth Argyle just last summer and the defender was handed his senior debut in the club’s Carling Cup tie against Charlton Athletic in August.
He made seven first-team appearances for Swindon Town, but will move to St James’ Park with immediate effect today. Sam Allardyce, the Newcastle manager, is now expected to loan Tozer out to a Championship side to gain more first-team experience.
Ben Tozer said today:
“I was called into the manager’s office (at Swindon) three or four weeks ago and he said that the club had accepted an offer from Newcastle,” “I could not believe it and straight away I said that I could not turn the offer down.â€
“It’s a brilliant feeling, it really is a dream come true and it hasn’t quite sunk in yet. Newcastle is a massive club with great fans, it’s a lovely place with nice people and I can’t wait to get started.â€
“I have spoken with Sam Allardyce – he’s great manager and I’m looking forward to working with him. It’s been a brilliant experience at Swindon and I thank them for what they have done for me, but I’m looking forward to the future.”
Itâ€™s great to have young Ben Tozer at the club, and we hope heâ€™s the first of many new youngsters joining us in January. It’s great to work with young people since there’s just no limit to what they can finally accomplish int their careers and in life.
We think this is an exciting strategy for the club to embark on, and hopefully will also be a really successful one.Â If only the first team could start to win some games.Â 😀
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