Shane Ferguson Commits Future To Newcastle United


Good new today as one of our youngsters, Northern Ireland International Shane Ferguson, has committed his long term future to Newcastle United.

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Shane Ferguson – 17 year-old very promising left winger

Sky Sports is reporting that Shane Ferguson, who recently gained his first full cap for the Northern Ireland side against Italy, has committed his long-term future to Newcastle United after agreeing a new three-year contract.

Ferguson, who plays on the left side of midfield, (left winger), is just one of the many highly regarded teenagers at the Tyneside club, and is expected to push for a first team place next season.

There had been some concern that other clubs would try to poach the 17 year old, with Bundesliga club Hertha Berlin having monitored his contractual situation at St James’ Park, and other English clubs closely eyeing the situation.

So despite the Newcastle club being without a manager, and new owners hopefully not to be unveiled for several days yet,  Shane has still  plumped for Newcastle United for the next three years, and we are delighted he has done that,  in spite of the current uncertainties surrounding the famous Tyneside club.

Ferguson, who was born in Derry in July, 1991 and joined Newcastle in 2007, has represented Northern Ireland at U17 (8 appearances), U19 (5 appearances, U21 (one appearance, B team (one appearance) and only last week made his debut for the full Northern Ireland side against Italy in Pisa. Not too bad at just 17 years of age, although he turns 18 next month.

Richard Money, Newcastle’s  impressive Academy Director, believes it will not be too long before Shane is pushing for a first team place at the club:

“Shane is a terrific talent and is a really good lad as well,” “He got his call-up to the full squad while we were out in Bosnia playing in a youth tournament and it can affect people in different ways.”

“But it lifted him. He played left-back in the tournament and got his own fan club because some of things he did were incredible.”

“We like him a lot and hopefully this involvement with the full international squad will benefit him.”

“I think next season Shane will be looking to push on again and that has got to mean making a claim for involvement with the senior squad.”

Next season could see quite a few of our top-level youngsters like Tamas Kadar (Hungary), Tim Krul (Holland), Ben Tozer (England), Haris Vuckic (Slovenia), Kazenga LuaLua (DR Congo), Samuel Adjei (Sweden), Nile Ranger (England)  and Brad Inman (Scotland – Australia), amongst others, push for a place in the first team.

The youngsters we have at the club are our crown jewels right now, and we expect quite a few of them to show through next season, and the quality of some of these lads may just surprise us all.

This is good news about young Shane Ferguson, and given all the other news surrounding Newcastle right now – we’ll take it!

Comments welcome.



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11 comments so far

  • Tom Mo.

    Jun 23, 2009 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #1

    woot

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Jun 23, 2009 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #2

    I wonder if he has been told that Shearer is going to be manager, otherwise I can’t see why he has signed a 3 year contract

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  • Wilad

    Jun 23, 2009 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #3

    Geordiedoonsout – Good point – big teams were after this lad and he wouldn’t be commiting to 6 managers in 5 years scenario or what ever it is. Does anyone have any news about the sale at all, this is killing me!

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  • Tom Mo.

    Jun 23, 2009 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #4

    I wake up every day thinking there will be news. I’M FREAKING OUT MAN.

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  • Big Dave

    Jun 23, 2009 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #5

    As Money said he had a good game with Northern Ireland

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  • Alex

    Jun 23, 2009 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #6

    geordiedoonsooth
    Those were my first thoughts also , when players start signing contracts to stay , they must know something good is about to happen .

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  • Rangerman

    Jun 23, 2009 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #7

    Not sure how the club could tell him who the next manager will be when it isn’t their decision.

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  • bill

    Jun 23, 2009 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #8

    It’s good to see our young talent showing some loyalty to the club. Some of them may be needed next season, but not too many.

    I seem to remember Ossie Ardiles trying too many at one time, and that almost ended in disaster.

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  • bowburnmag

    Jun 23, 2009 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #9

    Rangerman – Do we know that for sure though?
    Haven’t they implied that at some point they’ll have to make a decision on a manager even before the sale? I’m not even sure anymore.

    I’m just thinking, if the sale is delayed, something needs to happen? We’ll need an interim manager or an interim, interim manager or whatever the hell it is now.

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  • LoonyToony

    Jun 23, 2009 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #10

    Great news and nice to hear something positive..At last!

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  • Rangerman

    Jun 23, 2009 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #11

    Rangerman – Do we know that for sure though?
    Haven’t they implied that at some point they’ll have to make a decision on a manager even before the sale? I’m not even sure anymore.

    …..

    They’ve said if all interested groups want Shearer then they will give him the job, they haven’t so it leads you to believe that one or more groups doesn’t want him.

    I don’t think the manager situation would make much difference to a young lad like Ferguson, it didn’t to Ranger signing a new contract and a few others that were brought in.

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