Big Push To Get Local Lads Through Newcastle Youth System

As we reported on Sunday a young Newcastle Reserves side won the HKFC International Soccer Sevens Tournament

Remie Streete – top local youngster coming through the ranks

Manager Willie Donachie and the lads are back on Tyneside after their very successful exploits in Hong Kong.

Donachie’s job is to bring the youngsters through from the Reserve side, and make the youngsters into first team players, and there is a priority to bring through some of the local lads too.

Willie talked about this today:

“These local lads won’t ever want to leave because they know what the clubs means and what happens to Newcastle really matters to them – because they are supporters themselves.”

“The club is in their hearts and that is so important. This famously worked for Sir Alex Ferguson with that famous team of David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville and the rest.”

“We really want to produce more home-grown players. That is vital for Newcastle United. I know that the fans want to see more local lads in the team and so do we. We have made massive steps forwards regarding this.”

“The more of these boys we get playing in the first team then the better it will be for the club.”  “I don’t want to go over the top about the youth system, but we have some good kids now and we are taking big steps in the right direction.”

“For example, right now we have an excellent under-12 team and I would hope some of them would be in the side in eight or nine years time. Whether the manager or myself will still be here is debatable, although I hope we will be.”

“The win in Hong Kong was an invaluable experience. It was a really steep learning curve and they all came through it superbly.”  “It’s a different world out there and they all acclimatised really well to play some great football.”

It’s always important to have some local lads playing in the first team, and we suppose we have Steven Taylor and Shola Ameobi playing in the side at the moment.

Although Shola is usually a substitute these days and Steven missed more than half theof last seoan with his Achilles injury.

And we’ll see next season if Steven can win the right to start alongside Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini, since Newcastle will be bringing in at least one top center-back this summer.

Of course Shola’s younger brother Sammy, who tunred 20 on May 1st, could well become atop player at Newcastle and we saw some definite signs of that last season.

But there are some other top local lads coming through the system, in Remie Streete and Adam Campbell,  to name but two.

In fact 17 year-old 6’2″ Streete – born in South Shields – is so good that Alan Pardew has said the center-back could be training with the first team next season, and even be a part of the first team squad.

It’s good to get the local lads coming through at Newcastle, and hopefully we’ll see at least a couple of them make the big breakthrough to the first team squad over the next couple of seasons.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    May 22, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #1

    I always think it’s great reading and watching young lads come through. They bring so much passion and fire to the games. They really want to do well, and u can see it on them so clearly.
    I wish we had used the youngsters more this season, but i know we’re going to need to next season.
    They’ll be our strength in depth, and had the season gone on longer, i think Fergy would have had the LB and Santon the RB for one.

    Keep cheering them on, they need all the confidence they can get.

  • cupiddstunt

    May 22, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #2

    Streete sounds like a real find

  • jesperfuglsang

    May 22, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #3

    Is Remie still out injured or did he play in Hong Kong?

  • ~Perchinho the Pheonix~

    May 22, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #4

    Atsuto Uchiha for Rightback.

    Would love it if we signed the lad, however we have never been reported to have shown interest in him

  • cupiddstunt

    May 22, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #5

    Dannyo @ # 1

    This moving Santon over to rb is something I keep reading more and more on this blog but must add it appears to be the same people that keep pushing for it.

    Please tell me what’s the fascination for having Santon play rb instead of lb?

    Here is a little bit of info about one of the worlds recognised top defenders who is right footed but plays lb, and on occasion rb.

    Philipp Lahm

  • cupiddstunt

    May 22, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #6

    Perchinho @ # 4

    He is then a possibility as in recent windows we have been signing players that we were not linked with and boy have they been really nice surprises. 🙂

  • irish_al

    May 22, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #7

    don’t think streete was born in south shields

  • chris_g

    May 22, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #8

    “These local lads won’t ever want to leave because they know what the clubs means and what happens to Newcastle really matters to them – because they are supporters themselves.”

    JJ Hooper isn’t. He supports Arsenal, and refers to Newcastle as “they” and “them” instead of “us”

    Interview April 2012 –

    “Obviously I’m an Arsenal supporter and this year Newcastle are one of our closest rivals but they have had a brilliant season so far! Some big wins like the 3-0 against Man Utd gave them confidence to push on for a top 6 finish.”

  • Chris Taylor

    May 22, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #9

    Shame we might sell a local ish lad in Fraser Forster for about £2m to Celtic. I think that will be cheap considering what goal keepers can go for these days – Craig Gordon from Hearts to Sunderland for £9m prime example. Forster will be in the England set up soon and should stay with Newcastle. Then again I suppose its hard with Krul the clear no.1 and him just signing a new deal. I always thought the writing was on the wall for Forester when he get sent out on loan ever season all the time. That as well as when Newcastle signed Rob Elliot who seems content to warm the bench and Steve Harper, another local lad going out on loan it does nt look good for Forester to force himself in. Does anyone know what happening with Steve Harper? Has he got another season left on his contract? He’s been a good keeper and unlucky with top ones ahead of him but I think he needs to give up now. He’ll be on a top wage at Newcastle given the time he’s been there. I would nt be surprised if he is on £50k? I heard he was doing his ref badges as his knees are playing up so may be he might retire and do that.

  • Kebabacus

    May 22, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #10

    Loved this:

    Can’t see a foreign import enjoying a goal so much. Hopefully Streete will be doing the same soon.


    May 22, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #11

    I just love the mentality of nurturing and developing young Talent!

    If this artikle is anything to go by then we have an extremely bright Future ahead!


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