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