Edgar To Bulk Up For Success At Newcastle


Newcastle United’s 20 year-old Canadian defender, David Edgar, knows he will have to get much bigger if he is to compete in the Premier League.

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David Edgar – only 154lbs in weight but 6’2″ tall

David has been at the club since 2003 and has graduated through Newcastle’s academy and he is a good bet to make it into the Newcastle first team in the next couple of seasons. Certainly in his two starts recently, he has looked the part after the first few nervous minutes of each game.

But at 6’2” he is listed at just 11 stones and 0 lbs in weight (154 lbs), and he knows he’ll need to get a lot bigger and stronger to compete in the English Premier League.

Steven Taylor is also 6’2″ but is listed at 12 stones and 11 pounds by the club (179lbs), and that’s a full 25 lbs heavier than David.

A summer regimen of yorkshire pudding and black pudding is what the youngster needs – and hey – eat some of those rice puddings the chef at Newcastle’s training ground is serving up especially for Habib Beye – who apparently cannot get enough of them. 😀

Some of our readers noticed how slim David was when he started in place of Steven Taylor against Reading, and the Canadian center-back was given a tough test by West Ham’s big England striker Dean Ashton (6’2″ and listed at 192 lbs) last Saturday, at Upton Park.

But David has an excellent temperament and a great character, and of course his father Eddie was a goalkeeper at Newcastle, with just a single appearance in the FA Cup in 1976.

Edgar hopes he can build on that experience on Saturday as he told BBC Radio Newcastle today:

“I’m playing against England internationals who are big strong lads,”

“I’ve got to get bigger and be able to compete with them, but it’s a learning curve and I’m excited to be playing.”

Well it’s not a hard thing to bulk up, and we’re sure we’ll see him at least 14 lbs heavier at the start of next season. We would really like to see David make it at Newcastle, and we expect the club to put him on some kind of high protein diet in the summer.

He can play well anywhere across the back four and he is so committed to the club, he will never let the side down. David has so far made 10 appearances for Newcastle and hopefully there will be a lot more to come.

David – enjoy all those puddings (yorkshire, black and rice). 😀

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48 comments so far

  • James

    Apr 29, 2008 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #1

    I thought he was one of the shinning lights last season when we had so many injuries. Really pleased KK has promoted him to the first team squad and is giving him a chance to prove himself.

    A great prospect

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  • DC Toon

    Apr 29, 2008 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #2

    Ever since his goal again ManU, I have been a fan of the lad. I really think NUFC are better off with young, flexible players like Edgar paired with superstars. We need to get past recruiting formerly great players on the downside of the careers to fill the bench. Edgar can fill-in all four positions and gives the team good flexibility. I would take Edgar over Cacapa any day of the week.

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  • Hadji

    Apr 29, 2008 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #3

    Too bad Bramble is not here anymore,he could have solved his weight problems.:-)

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  • zhun

    Apr 29, 2008 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #4

    anybody has the video clip of his goal agaisnt man utd?
    I just kinda miss it!

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  • Mr T

    Apr 29, 2008 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #5

    Maybe that’s why he’s so slim, maybe he was partnered with brambles in the reserves, and mopping up all his errors is gonna keep anybody’s weight down!!

    Hunty and Edgar were both excellent prospects, shame Hunty left for Leeds imo.

    Still, I think we can expect to see Johnny Howson @ Newcastle sometime soon, he looks class – my best mate’s a leeds fan so I’ve been a few times, be an excellent investment.

    I don’t think Edgar needs to put on too much weight though cos as a consequence he’s going to lose some pace.

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  • CRAIGG

    Apr 29, 2008 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #6

    I was gutted when Huntington left as well he was class when he played CB

    I will be more gutted though if Rambo leaves this summer he is so misjudged on this blog watch him at CB and sometimes at RB and he is good believe me.

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  • Terry

    Apr 29, 2008 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #7

    I thought it was part of Edgar’s game to be a bit slimmer and more mobile, but then again he only has to look at someone like Micah Richards to see a young, professional defender who’s built like a wall of muscle and has both amazing acceleration, pace and strength.

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  • Tripp

    Apr 29, 2008 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #8

    No disrespect lads, but I’d find it hard to gain weight on English food too. :p

    Seriously though, he’s a wee’un. I’m 11 stone 9 lbs and I’m only 5′ 9″. With the right training though, he shouldn’t really loose much pace. Look at the track sprinters like Michael Johnson. Fast as lightning and pretty ripped up. They’re certainly not twigs.

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  • Punk Skunk

    Apr 29, 2008 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #9

    Yea, but sprinters have explosive pace, they can’t track attackers/midfielders for a 100 mins a game!..
    …Putting on too much weight/muscle slowed Shearer down & Owen, glad he’s got rid of a bit of that muscle now (Owen)…
    …Also, too much muscle contributes to a lot of injuries, specially calf & thigh!..

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  • NUFCFAN

    Apr 29, 2008 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #10

    maybe we could give michah richards another shot if sven leaves – we look in better shape than they do at the moment – and better to spend big money on a defender who is going to be there for at least another 10 years

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  • Punk Skunk

    Apr 29, 2008 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #11

    Y’could ‘look’ at ‘english food’ & put weight on, it’s all stodge…About 60% of people are blerters!..

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  • Punk Skunk

    Apr 29, 2008 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #12

    Did KK coach Richards whence at citeh?..

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  • CRAIGG

    Apr 29, 2008 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #13

    I dont think so he would have been in the youth team at the time but if we sign SWP and Dunne who are his mates to go with Barton who he was mates with as well then…

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  • Spyro

    Apr 29, 2008 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #14

    Craigg i agree with you about Huntington, but dont you feel Dunne has been poor since Micah has been injured? I feel it is a gamble going after Dunne.

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  • Punk Skunk

    Apr 29, 2008 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #15

    Mmm!..

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  • CRAIGG

    Apr 29, 2008 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #16

    I just think that Dunne is a quality CB yes his form has dipped but isnt that like saying we dont want Elano as he has lost a bit of form too?

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  • Spyro

    Apr 29, 2008 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #17

    fair enough. By the way, elano’s form has picked up again lately. It is just the rest of the team that are still crap.

    DeRidder wants to leave Birmingham as he aint playing. I do not know why Birmingham do not play him, he is a highly rated dutch youth and was good for them. We should take him

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  • CRAIGG

    Apr 29, 2008 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #18

    Yes i saw De Ridder for Ajax when he was younger and he looked good, I would love SWP though can De Ridder play wide left?

    If so we could buy both.

    Richards and Elano may be available when Sven leaves as apparently a load of their players are annoyed and are threatening to leave

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  • Hamas (51times)

    Apr 29, 2008 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #19

    Hope he does get sacked now then…I’d love Richards to come.

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  • Leo

    Apr 29, 2008 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #20

    nah putting weight on in muscle will not slow him down too much, as long as he does it gradually. imagine putting a bag weighing 15lbs around your weist and running, it wud be harder and you would be slower, instead gradually upping weight he will not notice it at all

    good luck to him, ive got some good tricks to up the muscles, and ofcourse they do not involve sneeky underhand tactics like drugs…

    did anyone see the program called “the man whos arms exploded”? absolutely grose he took too many steriods was disgusting, try typing it into google see if it comes up

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  • Luke

    Apr 29, 2008 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #21

    I’m 6 foot 6, 16 stone and somehow still slim. I just don’t get it.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Apr 29, 2008 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #22

    Luke – you must be one of the lucky guys.

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  • NUFCFAN

    Apr 29, 2008 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #23

    re: spyro – is the the dutch lad who went this season to the brum? He was quite highly coverted wasnt he – how did he end up there?

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  • Spyro

    Apr 29, 2008 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #24

    NUFCFAN, he started well but then they just dropped him out of the blue, weird eh. i think he can play both sides Craigg. but i am not sure, i am trying to remember a time when i have seen him on the left. What do you guys think of the Sakho situation? think he is worth that much?

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  • CRAIGG

    Apr 29, 2008 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #25

    I dont know ive never seen the lad TBH i would like Bridge at left back as he is a good foil for Beye both attacking full backs wouldnt mind Shorey or Baines either.

    I dont think people should be as impressed with Sakho captaining PSG as they are, They are in the relegation zone and are s bad as they have ever been to my recollection.

    De Ridder went to Brum on a free after Celta Vigo were relegated i think

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  • NUFCFAN

    Apr 29, 2008 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #26

    Spyro

    i would pay big dollar for Sakho, worth every penny. Makes a statement of intent and is going to be quality. Means we have almost got a back four ready to come into place in the next few years

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  • ToonDaft

    Apr 29, 2008 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #27

    Edgar is gonna be an amazing prospect imo – get Dunne in, SWP and then make a cheeky attempt for Micah – gotta be worth a shot eh?

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  • Hadji

    Apr 29, 2008 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #28

    Leo…I’m 6’1 and 230 pounds,for someone with my height would look really fat which is not in my case cause i’m thick set.
    All he needs is some good proteins and 50 push ups a day.

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  • scottish mag

    Apr 29, 2008 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #29

    deco is looking good tonight might put a wee 8m bid in cos that is wot barca paid i think and he is getting older. some good strike and his passing has been genious, loved the littile chip over the top of the manure defence, although etoo messed it up

    cmon BARCA woop woop woop as neg would say

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  • Scott H11

    Apr 29, 2008 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #30

    Its a difficult question, weight gain training or strength training? I look at John Terry and Woodgate and their not really muscular. I do know Edgar is hitting the weights but you can be strong in the upper body without adding too much muscle. All credit to the kid by the way, straight back to training, no sitting licking his wounds, true professional.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 29, 2008 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #31

    Im 3ft 11 and 26 stone.

    On a different note. Joe Ledley.

    I like De Ridder too.

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  • shearer4pm

    Apr 29, 2008 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #32

    i watched huntington play for leeds earlier in the season

    was rubbish

    although i feel that david shud bulk up
    ideally he shud become the size of fat andy reid, he is in the peak of his physical prime,

    the perfect footbalers body:)

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  • Fernando

    Apr 29, 2008 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #33

    henry is wasted in barca.. he just stands there! wtf.

    no one takes care of david’s diet is it?
    but he’s still 20 right? so it’s fine.

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  • Leo

    Apr 29, 2008 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #34

    well im just under 6 foot, i used to do weight lifting but that was shit because no1 could keep up with me 😉 so i had to constantly change my training partners

    i have something in my metabolism that allows me to put about a stone on in no time, then take it back off in just as little time

    get him to do some weights in the gym then make him play some 5 a side footy because he will improve weight but remain fast

    actually what am i going on about i hope he doesnt listen to any of this because there are soo many fitness experts at nufc that know much more about it lmao

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  • Spyro

    Apr 29, 2008 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #35

    i agree fernando, Barca desperately need a support striker. Henry does nothing but stand still. Eto’o is awful compared to what he used to be, and he cant pass for s**t! However, after seeing both Ronaldo and messi in both legs i have no doubt that Messi is much better at beating players than Ronaldo. Ronaldo does all the fancy crap but in the end just resorts to knocking the ball far and using his pace. The way Messi beats players is magnificent. It doesnt matter how fast or strong the player is he still beats them with ease. for me, he is the best. Performs no matter what type of game, big or small.

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  • Leo

    Apr 29, 2008 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #36

    tom_toon ur such a joker, ur surely not 3 foot 11 and 26 stone, i remember you saying you were a good badminton player lol…

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  • Spyro

    Apr 29, 2008 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #37

    why is everyone talking about their size and weight?

    im 5,8 12stone

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  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 29, 2008 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #38

    8 inches.

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  • Fernando

    Apr 29, 2008 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #39

    why is everyone using stones?

    goodness us kg!!

    i think frank rijkard wont be there come nex season.. maybe mourinho will step in

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  • Leo

    Apr 29, 2008 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #40

    stones is the right way to state your weight in england

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