Newcastle Youth Policy In Full Swing

Newcastle United’s new policy of signing emerging young talent is starting to show some results.


Dennis Wise – Newcastle’s Director of Football is a busy man

Dennis Wise is the man charged with overall recruitment at the club, and that also includes the youngsters as well as the older players.

The latest youngster being offered a trial at the club is a Bulgarian 16-year-old.

Newcastle started their youth recruitment policy in earnest last January when they signed 5 top youngsters at the club.

They were Swede Ole Solderburg, Hungarian Tamaz Kadar, Englishman Ben Tozer, Frenchman Wesley Baheng and Italian Fabio Zamblera.

And now Bulgarian defender Georgy Terziev is the latest to have an opportunity at the club and he is already training at the club, so the Newcastle management can take a look at him.

Georgy joined the Magpies today, after being granted permission by his Bulgarian club. Nafteks, to spend the week with the Premier League club.

This will be Terziev’s second stint on Tyneside, as he has already trained at the club back in April.

Although we still haven’t signed top 15 year old English youngster Aaron Spear yet, we still expect Aaron to arrive on Tyneside before the end of August.

He’s already said Newcastle are the club he wants to join.

His mother, Caroline, has also visited the Newcastle United facilities, to check things over, and seemed extremely impressed, and was satisfied the club would take good care of her son.

The Youth policy that owner Mike Ashley and former Chairman Chris Mort put in place, certainly seems in full swing now, and we think it’s an excellent policy the club are pursuing.

Comments very welcome.

58 comments so far

  • Toon_Ksk

    Jul 14, 2008 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #1

    This is good for the future of the club. Building a good squad at a lower cost and lower risk.

  • Dan13

    Jul 14, 2008 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #2

    Ole soderberg Ed,
    Never mind,
    A love reading articles like this one to get a glimpse of the up and coming
    Keep up the good work Ed!

  • ObaFan2

    Jul 14, 2008 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #3

    Yep, things are starting to happen but a few 1st teamers need…. hopefully very soon 🙂

  • Matt

    Jul 14, 2008 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #4

    Well done Dennis Wise.

  • Davies

    Jul 14, 2008 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #5

    Love it. We could be looking at the first team a few years from now. All five of the signings from January seem to have settled well, though I hear rumours that wor Fabio isn’t as settled as he’d like to be.

    These could be the kids that bring long awaited silverware to SJP. Let’s hope they keep getting the talent in.

    Right then, how about a few first teamers for now!!

  • Alex

    Jul 14, 2008 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #6

    Why has Spear not signed yet? It seemed like a done deal a couple of weeks ago.

  • keith g

    Jul 14, 2008 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #7

    good stuff. the italian striker sounds promising. wisey should take a look at bourenmouth’s tom fisk- big things predicted

  • Aaron Spear

    Jul 14, 2008 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #8

    i have been looking for a newcastle blog for ages. Im about to sign, and im buzzing. I just want to know everyones opinions of this fantastic club?

    Dennis has treated me like gold and makes me feel like a top player who could do well here. He is like a second dad to me, makes me feel wanted. That is a real motivation for me to do well, not just for myself, but for him

    I can wait to start training 🙂

  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 14, 2008 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #9

    I think they are building for the future now,
    lua lua has the potential to be outstanding and that young italian chap (striker) sounds like a great prospect as well as possibly Spear and the other young lads.

    As it is no longer a club policy to splash mega money on big names I think it will probably be a much better club in the long run as it seems the prima donna days are now over, that can only be a good thing for the dressing room with KK at the helm.

    If those young lads really want it and work hard they each have a chance to become real legends..the facilities are in place lets hope they make good use of them and make the grade.

  • beye the great

    Jul 14, 2008 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #10

    this is the best wayif we are going to someday get in the top 4 hopefully these players will be good enough to get us there someday tough why out of all these young players are non midfielder and about the rumours of zamblera not selling in i hear the complete opposite that he is even calling himself an adopted geordie

  • Hadrian

    Jul 14, 2008 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #11

    alot of those players were scouted by the previous regime and have jack todo with wisey .

  • Nizo

    Jul 14, 2008 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #12

    Good to see us getting faces through the door, a number of the youngsters signed seem to have a positive things being written about them, i.e. Zamblera and hopefully Spear.

    But still think we shouldnt neglect the present as we need players to build upto a sound level when these players do get their chance. It’ll ensure the minium of fuss when they get introduced and let them feel what its like to be part of a successful club.

  • Graham

    Jul 14, 2008 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #13

    Hadrian – other than Lua Lua (who came with his brother), when was the last time we brough in 15 & 16 year olds from anywhere else other than the north east?

    Think what you like about Wise but he seems to be doing a decent job together with his collegues in brining in good young talent

  • Matt

    Jul 14, 2008 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #14

    Spear has already enrolled in school up here for September.

  • Lazy

    Jul 14, 2008 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #15

    I’d prefer it if they concentrated more on our immediate future. But keep up the good work signing youngsters too. 🙂

  • Spyro

    Jul 14, 2008 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #16

    good news

  • Alan Shearer

    Jul 14, 2008 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #17

    welcome to the toon, young ‘un. HAHAHAHA

  • Matt

    Jul 14, 2008 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #18

    Should of mentioned Richard Money’s appointment too, Ed.

  • Nizo

    Jul 14, 2008 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #19

    Fair point Graham, we havent really cast our net out at all recently, this is like the first time in a long time we’ve really gone after Youth and tried developing our own. Hopefully it’ll pay dividends.

  • harrier

    Jul 14, 2008 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #20

    Is that really you Aaron Spear? If it is welcome to the club 🙂

  • Martin

    Jul 14, 2008 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #21

    Hadrian has a point – Most of those youngsters were brought in BEFORE he started working!

    However; theres still good news coming from this site every couple of weeks about another youngster we’re looking at – and that IS down to Wise, so yeah, I’m very happy…Like everyone else though, I wouldn’t mind seeing a couple more ‘pollished’ players please!

  • Chris

    Jul 14, 2008 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #22

    It’s probably a wind up merchant like fernandoh harrier. His next comment bound to be degrading.
    If by any chance you are the real Aaron Spear though, why haven’t you signed for us yet?

  • Leo

    Jul 14, 2008 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #23

    you cant fault them but the 5 in jan werent they brought in by other ppl? i havent had time to read the other comments so maybe this has been brought up and maybe im wrong

    who knows until i get the time to read it lmao

  • neil009

    Jul 14, 2008 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #24

    Great to see all the young’uns coming to the beloved of us all, although i must voice a small note of caution. Haven’t we been building for the future for the last 25 yrs?

  • tom tomb

    Jul 14, 2008 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #25

    Aaron you will be be able to go for a coca cola with the majority of this site !
    No offence to all over 15!

  • Martin

    Jul 14, 2008 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #26

    neil009 – Possibly, I’ve not been alive that long…

    Look at the last time we invested heavily in youth – we finished 3rd and beat teams like Juve in the Champions League!

  • carling

    Jul 14, 2008 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #27

    who is spear

  • Patrick

    Jul 14, 2008 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #28

    I admire the eagerness of Aaron researching on NUFC’s blog (again, if you are the real one, haha! :D) and that really means Aaron wants to us for sure.

    I am not sure if this is true, but I think the transfer process for U16 is different from the regular transfer process because of extra protection to the young lads. That should be why that we never see any news coming up for for Aaron’s transfer. Anyone knows if I am speaking the right thing?

  • dan_from_france

    Jul 14, 2008 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #29

    sounds good wha we are doing and in a few years can only get better but anyway where are the 1st tamers? we need them now and even give calling out for them.
    But its just great that keegans back at the club
    sign some one big any way

  • chrisbunton

    Jul 14, 2008 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #30

    MA is a clued up bloke….and all the fans who are on his case should be ashamed! He’s put a long term structure in place and is building the club from the ground up….instead of throwing money away on players like Luque. It’s worked for Arsenal so why shouldn’t it work for us? After all we’ve spent big for years and won nowt!

  • domtoon

    Jul 14, 2008 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #31

    Aaron, if that’s really you matey, pleased to meet you :o). You truly do have the potential to command tens of thousands of Newcastle fans’ love, adoration, and undying support – week in, week out, week in again.

    Stay true, loyal, keep your integrity, and the bright lights of the Toon will shine down upon you when we rise back up the table and the Toon Army will stand behind you and chant your name when you eventually break into the senior squad.

    Oh, and whack a few goals past the opposition as well – especially the Mackems!

    Pre-emptive welcome – I hope the deal goes through soon and I look forward to seeing you play in those famous Black and White stripes.

  • Patrick

    Jul 14, 2008 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #32


    MA has just been with the club less than 1 year. It is okay if we haven’t seen any effect on this new policy.

  • Si

    Jul 14, 2008 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #33

    Wind up

  • Yahya Ahmad

    Jul 14, 2008 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #34

    That aint Aaron Spear! lol

  • domtoon

    Jul 14, 2008 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #35

    That is why I said ‘If it’s really you matey’.

  • Kris

    Jul 14, 2008 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #36

    Welcome to the religion that is newcastle united aaron !! all the best mate !! just stay away from the big market and do us a favor and get viduka off them kebabs !!

  • craig

    Jul 14, 2008 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #37

    looks good for the future but we need some 1st team players

  • Barry Venison

    Jul 14, 2008 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #38

    can people please stop thinking that was Aaron Spear

  • chuck

    Jul 14, 2008 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #39

    Dont want to burst everyones bubble and certainly agree with the basic premis of buying young and cheap .

    However hasnt this been policy at Man. U. for decades, its also the policy at both Liverpool and has worked very well for the Arse.

    But how many of those hundreds of youngsters make it through the ranks to the first team ?

    Other than Brown and O`Shea, who else has come through from the youth level at Old Trafford in the last few years?

    The same applies to the scousers and Arsenal
    Face it folks most of the squads came via the market and not all came cheap.

    To compete in the PL to-day is not the same as a couple of years ago, never mind the CL.

    Arsenal, although a well run club with wealthy owners and good revenues are still very leveraged as are both Liverpool and Man.U,
    who`s debt level is astronomical.

    No wonder Ashley feels like the lone ranger,
    it takes megabucks to run a major club and be competetive .

    So for those of you who see youth as the answer
    Sure some may make it but the transfer market
    will still be the deciding factor in the end.

  • Georgy Terziev

    Jul 14, 2008 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #40

    hi there

    im like really lookin foward to training with your club and i really hope i earn a deal here, cus newcastle are such a bigger and better club than spurs and the fans are better


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