One of our more promising youngsters, 17-year-old Shane Ferguson, has signed a new three year deal to stay with Newcastle. This is some very good news, though it was expected.
Shane Ferguson-A future first teamer
Ferguson, who has already made his senior debut for Northern Ireland, is one of the gems in our youth system. The fact that we are able to retain these promising youngsters (Nile Ranger signed on for three years earlier this season) speaks well of the potential of this club.
Shane Ferguson was quoted as saying of his new deal,
“Obviously I’m delighted everything is now sorted out in regards my future,”
I played for the Reserves a few times last season and trained with the First team towards the end of last season, so I’ll be working hard and hoping to push my way into the both the Reserve and First teams.
To be honest it wasn’t a hard decision for me to stay at Newcastle because we are a big club and although we got relegated to the Championships, I feel the younger players like myself may get a chance because we got relegated.”
Leave it to the optimism of youth to find a silver lining in being relegated from the best league in the world. To be honest though, Shane is exactly right. Relegation does leave our youngsters with a golden opportunity to play a role in our fate next season.
The fans of Newcastle can only be brimming with pride at the attitude and loyalty of players like Shane Ferguson and Nile Ranger. Our youngsters are our future, but they may also play a big role in deciding our future as well.