Newcastle’s 18-year-old Academy player Brad Inman was born in Adelaide, Australia and on Monday night won the famous “Wor Jackie Award” for the best young U18 player at the Newcastle club.
Brad Inman – “Wor Jackie Award” winner
Brad will be part of the Newcastle U18 side who will meet Aston Villa in the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup.
And the lads have to stand an excellent chance of making it to the finals, and even winning the thing for the first time since 1985, when Paul Gascoigne was in the side and we hammered Watford 4-1 in the final.
The other semi-final this season is between Chelsea and Blackburn Rovers.
The youngster who plays with some flair, has also played for the Newcastle Reserve side, and played in the semi-finals of the Northumberland Senior Cup earlier in the week, when Newcastle were beaten 3-1 by Northern League side Whitley Bay.
Brad talked today:
“We’ve got a good group of lads, all the second year are pushing through and most played on Tuesday night for the reserves, so that was good to see,”
“We’ve also got a couple of good youngsters at under-16 level, first years, coming through. So hopefully in the next couple of years you might see some breaking through to the first team.”
“Thommo (Thompson) just says that in every reserve game, you don’t know who’s watching. If Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood are watching and if you play well, there’s a platform and structure for us to progress, and train with the first team.”
“He (Hughton) is normally focusing on the first team, they’ve obviously got a lot more to concentrate on in trying to get promoted. But him and Colin do tend to come down and take a session with us, and that’s good contact with them.”
“It’s always good to get a training session off the first-team manager, just to see what that’s like.” “Hopefully I can just get my head down and work hard, make a permanent spot in the reserve team.”
“Then hopefully try and push on to be on the (first-team) bench more. I’ve just got to work hard to the end of the season and see what happens from there.”
Brad’s nickname is Kaka because of the way the lad plays and he resembles the famous Brazilion superstar. Let’s hope he turns out as good as the Brazilian.
While he is still young we would expect the youngster to start coming through for the first team during next season, much like 18 year-old Nile Ranger and 19 year-old Tamas Kadar have done this season at Newcastle.
Talking specifically about his award Brad said:
“It was a good night and great honor to win the ‘Wor Jackie’ trophy. Peter Beardsley, Kenny Wharton, Alan Shearer and Steven Taylor were there.”
“And listening to their stories from when they played back in their days is something you live for.”
Brad joined Newcastle at the U15 level, while he was at St. Thomas More School, and even though he was born in Australia, Inman supported Newcastle United as a boy.
We’ll look for this lad to break through soon at the Newcastle club.