With all the excitement going on over the last week, about Kevin Keeganâ€™s return to Newcastle United, we havenâ€™t covered the acquisition of Tamas Kadar, our new 17 year old defender from Hungary who signed for us late last week.
Tamas Kadar – moved to Newcastle from Zalaegerszegi
He is now the 3rd youngster that has joined Newcastle, along with Swindon’s 17 year-old Ben Tozer and Le Havre’s 18 year-old Wesley Baheng. Tamas has also talked to the official Newcastle United site today, and says it took him all of a matter of seconds to decide to say yes to Newcastle Unitedâ€™s offer for him.
Turns out that Newcastle have a big following in Hungary since Kevin Keegan’s Newcastle side played Ferencvaros in the UEFA Cup in 1996. In that tie a David Ginola wonder goal gave us a 6-3 aggregate win in the second leg at St. James’ Park.
Tamas said today:
“I know all about Newcastle United, it is a very big club with a very big following in Hungary,”
“I know all about players such as Alan Shearer, David Ginola and the Kevin Keegan side.â€
“When I found out that Newcastle were interested it took me just a couple of seconds to say ‘Yes, I want to go’.”
Kadar is one of the best young defenders in Hungary, and his fine performances for club side Zalaegerszegi earned him a Hungary Under-21 cap last year. Not too bad for a 17 year-old.
“This is a very big challenge and opportunity for me.â€“My aim is to get into the first-team but first I must work very hard and prove myself.”
“I cannot wait to get started and hopefully this will be the start of a very successful career with Newcastle United.”
Tamas Kadar is Zalaegerszeg’s central or left sided defender, and it looks like we paid a fee of around Â£900K for him. Tamas had trials at both Bolton and Newcastle United in December but chose Newcastle over Bolton.
The young Hungarian is a first team regular in Hungary, and his favorite position is in central defense. He played 14 times for his former club Zalaegerszeg, and scored one goal and stands 6â€™2â€ tall. He turns 18 years old in mid-March.
We think Tamas is a fantastic acquisition for the club, and we’d like to see more of these talented youngsters through the door at Newcastle. We think he’s a real star in the making. 😀
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