Newcastle fans seem to have taken 19-year-old Shane Ferguson to their hearts as he looks to have a very bright future on Tyneside.
Shane Ferguson – an excellent prospect at Newcastle
And Shane seems to be considering which country to play for, Ireland or Northern Ireland although he made his debt for Northern Ireland when he was just 17 years old, when he came on as a substitute in a 3–0 friendly defeat to Italy in June of 2009.
But because the game was only a friendly the youngster is still qualified to play for Ireland, which certainly has better football side than the North it would appear.
The Good Friday Agreement says that if a player eligible to play for Northern Ireland has an Irish passport, he can play for Ireland, providing he has not played a competitive fixture at international level.
Shane seems to fit that provision, but it is up to him to choose which country he plays – for he was born in Derry, Northern Ireland.
Ferguson told the Evening Chronicle today:
“I cannot really say much about it.” “I am just focusing on my club football at the minute, and whatever happens with internationals is a bonus.”
“If I keep doing well for Newcastle, the rest will take care of itself.” “I will have to train hard between now and the end of the season, and hopefully I will get another chance before the campaign ends.”
“It has been my best season at Newcastle so far.” “Hopefully I can help us gain more good results.” “I was waiting for the ball to go out of play, and asking the official how long was left!”
“It was great to get a run out – the atmosphere was brilliant.”
Ireland Chief Scout Don Givens has said that Mick Martin, the former Newcastle captain (1978-1984) and Ireland International (51 caps), has talked to Shane about playing for Ireland., and he said this today:
“Shane is making his mind up but Mick Martin has spoken to him.”
We don’t know if Jose Enrique will leave Newcastle in the summer, but in our poll, with over 1000 votes in, a full 57% expect him to leave, and only 22% think he will stay with the rest undecided.
Shane isn’t quite ready for prime time yet (maybe), and Newcastle will bring in an experienced left back this summer as cover for Jose if he leaves, but this lad will soon be challenging for a position of the left side of the park somewhere, at left back or left wing.
He’s been our Man of the Match in two of the appearances he’s made for Newcastle this year, and he looks an excellent player in the making and the youngster has a great attitude too, who has 7 first team appearances for Newcastle so far.
When Shane signed his new three year contract in June of 2009, after signing on with the Newcastle Academy in July of 2007, some top clubs were after him, but he decided to stay at Newcastle.
And after Newcastle fans have seen how good this lad is , they now know why he was so coveted a couple of years back.
It’s great to have fine youngster like Shane Ferguson at Newcastle.