The great Alan Shearer presented the new Jack Hixon award for the first time last night at the Newcastle Civic Center.
Alan Shearer – legend on hand at the Civic Center last night
And the first youngster to receive the award was Academy youngster 15 year-old Remie Streete, a 15 year-old 6’2″ center-back who is tipped for greatness.
The award was created in honor of the local football scout who discovered Alan Shearer and died last December, aged 88, and the award honors up-and-coming football talent.
Remie, who played for Boldon Colts from the age of 5 to 13, has signed for Newcastle despite significant interest neighbors Sunderland, was selected by Newcastle United’s scouts as its first winner.
But looking through the Academy roster he’s not even mentioned, and is not yet in his first year at the Academy like other youngsters such as Aaron Spear and the outstanding young goalkeeper Jak Alnick, who is playing for the U18 side currently.
Remie must be some player to get this accolade while so very young and almost unknown at the club.
Brad Inmam – Wor Jackie winner
Brad Inman, the Adelaide-born Australian won the Wor Jackie award as the most promising Newcastle youngster.
While Brad was born down under that hasn’t stopped him from already representing the Scotland Youth team, as he qualifies for the Scots because of his mother.
Inman grew up in Redwood Park, Adelaide and started playing football at the age of just 6. Brad, nicknamed Kaka – because of his exciting style of play is like that of the great Brazilian – is the youngest of four children.
He has three sisters Caitlyn, 19, Jessica, 21 and Leighanne, 27, and his mother, Lorraine, was born in Scotland while the parents of his father, David, were born in England. Brad is currently part of the Newcastle U18 side that has reached the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup.
Former winners of this award include Andy Carroll, Steven Taylor and Nile Ranger, who won the award last year.
And to top things off local lad Steven Taylor, the 23 year-old former England U21 captain, picked up the top prize of Sports Personality of the year.
Steven has been a bit out of the public eye recently since his knee injury, but he is due back in about 4 weeks, and of course he has played tremendously well for the Newcastle side this season.
Steven was one of the first senior players last summer to stand up and say he wanted to stay at Newcastle to get them promoted back into the Premier League – and he’s a leader at the club.
After he presented the Hixon award to young Streete, Shearer said:
“It was great for Remie, but I hope there is no pressure on him because of it.”
“It was a pleasure to present the award which I’m sure Jack would also be pleased with.”
“His family were there and it was good to see them, but it’s always emotional where Jack is concerned.”
“We all miss Jack. He was great for football and great for me – it’s a sad loss for us all.”
It’s good we are supposedly snapping up all the great local talent, because if we can do that the club will be well off in the future.
There have been far too many youngsters who have been snapped up when youngsters, and gone on to have great careers at other clubs.
The list is long and includes players like Michael Carrick and of course Alan himself, but this has to – and hopefully will change.