18 year-old Brad Inman is one of five top teenagers who have been promoted to the Newcastle first team squad for next season.
Brad Inman – top prospect at Newcastle
The other lads promoted are 17 year-old Haris Vuckic, 18 year-old Irish defender Stephen Folan, Swedish 18 year-old winger Samuel Adjei and 18 year-old Amble-born striker Phil Airey.
Inman was born in Adelaide but played in the Scotland Under-19 4-0 win over Montenegro in the European Champion-ship Elite Round last night in Croatia.
He qualifies for Scotland because of his mother Lorraine, and qualifies to play for England because of his father Dave, and also qualifies to play for Australia because he was born there.
Take your choice.
Brad talked to the Evening Chronicle today from the Scotland U19 base in Croatia, and talked about the buzz on Tyneside following promotion:
“The gaffer Chris Hughton and first-team coach Colin Calderwood want to involve me in pre-season friendlies to see if I can handle the step up.”
“There’s been a buzz around the whole city with us getting promoted, but there’s talk of Newcastle down-sizing and not spending as much money.”
“Maybe that will help me break into the first team.”
There’s always a positive side to everything – as well as a negative side – and maybe with Newcastle not paying out big transfer fees in the summer, it will signal the chance for some of our excellent up and coming youngsters to get a chance.
But we still expect Chris Hughton to sign up to four quality players this summer, even if he has no transfer money to spend.