Kevin Keegan has completed his first capture as Newcastle manager this afternoon, when Hungarian Tamas Kadar signed for the club as Newcastle finally completed all the paper work.
Kevin Keegan – pleased to sign Kadar – with the work completed by Mort
Of course Chris Mort and his staff did the work to bring the youngster to Tyneside. It looks like he’s a great signing for the club.
The 17-year-old, who impressed at Newcastle during a recent trial in December, has signed a four-and-half year contract at the club
Newcastle paid Zalaegerszegi Â£900K for Kadar – making him the most expensive defender in Hungarian football history.
Kadar told Zalaegerszegi’s official website today:
“My dream has come true, that I have signed to play for a club from the Premiership,”
“My goal is, of course, to fight and grab a place in the first team as soon as possible.”
Kadar says he is shocked at the progress he has made in the last couple of years, and continued:
“When I was 14 I wasn’t a contracted footballer, I played only for fun and I wanted to become a handballer as I’m from Veszprem” (The town has a well-known European class handball team).
“I’m happy to get this contract, but I don’t want to be satisfied only with this. I’m studying English very hard and I want to become a good and successful player,”
Kadar’s club Zalaegerszeg were not too interested in letting him go at first, after he made his debut for their first team last year. But Newcastle have played fair with the Hungarian club, and paid an adequate fee for the promising young Hungarian. We think Tamas is probably the most likely of our young recruits to go straight into the first team squad and compete for a first team place.
He’s that good, and certainly the reports about the youngster bears that out. We think he’s another excellent young player we have secured for the club’s future.
Kadar is now the third teenager to join Newcastle United’s ranks this month, following the signings of Le Havre 18 year-old striker Wesley Ngo Baheng and Swindon Town’s 17 year-old defender Ben Tozer. This is a policy started by Chairman Chris Mort, which he emphatically said would continue at the club, earlier in the week. We think it’s great policy for our long term success. 😀