Luke James Undecided On Whether To Sign For Magpies


We reported late yesterday that Newcastle had put in a bid for Hartlepool United 17 year-old sensation – Luke James.

Luke James – undecided about joining Newcastle

We have heard from an acquaintance of Luke’s, that the 17 year-old is undecided as to what he should now do, because the last thing he wants is to move to Newcastle, and then be stuck in the Reserve side for the next few seasons.

While that’s a chance footballers sometimes have to take when an opportunity arises, we understand the position the youngster finds himself in.

It seems that Luke wants to play first team football, and surely it would be possible for Newcastle to sign the lad, and then send him out on loan immediately, so he can continue playing first team games, and getting that vital experience.

Maybe even back to Hartlepool United, and it wouldn’t be the first time a club had signed a player and allowed him to continue to play for the club he had just been signed from.

And Newcastle have become experts in recent seasons at putting things in place, so that youngsters can be effectively brought through the ranks – and since Alan Pardew came in – have them get first team experience out on loan.

But the news is that Luke is agonizing just a little a bit on the decision – but we’d still be delighted if Luke takes the plunge and signs on at Newcastle United.

Comments welcome.



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109 comments so far

  • toonruz

    May 24, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #1

    ok next

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  • dmac

    May 24, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #2

    The more local lads the merrier.

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  • Ben_BKK

    May 24, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #3

    Would definitely be good if we could sign him and send him back on loan to Hartlepool. Playing 1st team football can only be good for the kid’s development and we see other teams do it, like Chelsea with that young Belgian lad they signed in January who stayed at his club.

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  • Charlietoon

    May 24, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #4

    Buy him, loan him back and have him turn up to NUFC a few days a week for training so he can see the level he needs to hit and be playing at.

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  • davybtoon

    May 24, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #5

    Sign him n loan him back to Hartlepool or loan him to Bolton since they want him

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  • super magpie

    May 24, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #6

    I can’t see why he’s undecided. All he would have to say is ” I’ll sign as long as I can go back on loan to Hartlepool” . It’s a win/win situation. If not then he can just stay there.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 24, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #7

    Somebody at the club should have been charged with gross misconduct to have let players like Alan Shearer and Micheal Carrick slip through the net.

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  • davybtoon

    May 24, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #8

    Sign him loan him to Hartlepool n throw in a couple of are youngsters for loan as part of deal dummitt n inman say we get 3 young lads playing league 1 can only b good for us

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  • davybtoon

    May 24, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #9

    Anyone else getting bored of hazard I mean your good player but there is some much better players in the prem already jus tells us were ya goin stop bein pre madonna

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  • graham cwarr

    May 24, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #10

    Pre madonna? That’s lulu then right?

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  • gonufc (up and Hatem)

    May 24, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #11

    @ Jail – that’s an interesting thought, trying to make the best contemporary geordie 11.

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  • dmac

    May 24, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #12

    @ Davy – i agree about Hazard, in my opinion he is just making himself look like a pri*k.

    Id like to sign this lad as he is local, apparently he is a mackem so might be whats holding it up.

    Anyone watching french un20? i am sure we will eventually sign some of these haha.

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  • graham cwarr

    May 24, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #13

    Its hard enough trying to make a current England 11.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 24, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #14

    It’s not Hazard’s fault that he’s badgered by the press 24/7.

    He hasn’t made up his mind. Is constantly asking him questions going to help?

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  • graham cwarr

    May 24, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #15

    Well i hope he decides to join us. More local talent can’t be a bad thing

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  • WWYCD

    May 24, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #16

    I must admit I agree on Hazard I am beginning to dislike him but at the end of the day I reckon it is (again) all down to his agent trying to get the best money for him

    I doubt he is sitting in a high backed chair stroking a white cat with 3 contracts in front of his face laughing like a douche

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  • pbNcl

    May 24, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #17

    Bang on with posts 8 & 9 davybtoon

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  • dmac

    May 24, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #18

    @16 that visual is hilarious. I sincerely hope he is just for comic value.

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  • graham cwarr

    May 24, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #19

    Wwycd he might be though.
    “when i get angry monsieur bigglesworth gets upset”

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  • WWYCD

    May 24, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #20

    dmac
    Tbf more likely Ipads these days with the wage number increasing with every tweet but I prefer the classic bond villian style haha

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  • WWYCD

    May 24, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #21

    graham cwarr
    But who will die? Haha

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  • gonufc (up and Hatem)

    May 24, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #22

    It just makes him sound like a moron “I will be playing in blue/ red/ manchester/ london…. ” etc.

    Just get on with it!

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 24, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #23

    gonufc

    You’ve got to remember, so many quotes get attributed to players wrongly.

    The Sun published an entire interview with Ba, which turned out had been completely fabricated. Players have so many ‘advisors’ and ‘agents’ these days it’s ridiculous.

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  • pizzicatochan

    May 24, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #24

    If some team signs Hazard and then he got injured in the first game, that’s gonna be a joke. No one knows if he’s physically ready for the tackles like De Jong’s. He’s just a small lad. Even Messi can fail here as he has (kinda) indicated before.

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  • graham cwarr

    May 24, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #25

    Hmmm well i see llambias as number 2.
    I say sheath mansour for the fire pit.

    “can somebody help me im very badly burned…….and rich”

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  • graham cwarr

    May 24, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #26

    Sheath? Ol sheikh even

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  • Beattie25

    May 24, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #27

    I have a feeling that nufc want to get a good group of youngsters together that play week in/week out together from the start of their careers and continue in that fashion until they reach the first team. That’s why letting this lad go out on loan and letting him miss out on premiership quality coaching may be anti-productive.

    Not all players benefit from first team experience and some are better for being coached through the reserves.

    Imagine having a great reserve team constantly playing together for 3 years, learning one another and transcending through until the first team.

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  • ITUNDERASHELL

    May 24, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #28

    What!!!

    he’s seventeen and needs to play at a higher level with a group of ambitious youngsters.
    He needs at least three years development before he would get near our first team.
    If he doesn’t make the grade he can play in the championship if he’s lucky.
    Lack of ambition.
    Think it through lad!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 24, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #29

    Can anybody enlighten me as to what verbal atrocities this Eden Hazard has been spouting lately,like.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 24, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #30

    Beattie

    Then we sign a 12 year old Argentine midget with a growth hormone problem, pump him full of steroids, and watch him score 77 goals in a season.

    Right?

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  • davybtoon

    May 24, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #31

    We should b trying to get in that next gen series for the reserves

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  • gonufc (up and Hatem)

    May 24, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #32

    @ pizzicatochan – ahh don’t believe that rubbish that Messi couldn’t ‘handle’ the english league. It’s hardly particularly physical now is it?!?! Players are getting booked after cleanly winning the ball- don’t spout that rubbish that it’s ‘too tough’ for him here!!

    He bounces off players when he wants to.

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  • TimKrulFan

    May 24, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #33

    is this lad English??

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  • graham cwarr

    May 24, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #34

    Tds sounds like a plan. But the steroids cause abnormalities. Just look at tevez and rooney

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  • wynsleap

    May 24, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #35

    I wouldn’t see the point in buying this lad then loaning him back to the Pools. He needs to start playing with better players and Beattie25 @ 27 is right – he should be coming through with equally talented players like himself at his level and being coached through by a Premiership club.
    I think he’s a bit deluded (or insanely ambitious) if he thinks that first team participation should be quickly available to him at 17 year old. Unlike himself, reserve youngsters like Satka, Ferguson, Inman etc. have already played for their countries and he should be privileged to grow alongside them.
    Inman etc. have already played for their country

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  • WWYCD

    May 24, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #36

    graham cwarr
    I can honestly envisage that 😀

    Suppose I should talk on topic for atleast 1 post….this lad is good at taking his shirt off with a ball on his back then catching said ball in said shirt whatever PL team DOESN’T need that in their starting 11 I do not want to be watching

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  • wynsleap

    May 24, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #37

    Sorry that last line shouldn’t be there!

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 24, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #38

    Come on guys… The source here is “an aquaintance”.

    That’s worse than “a friend” or “someone close to the player”.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 24, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #39

    WWYCD

    At the very least, it would be entertainment during substitutions and other stoppages.

    We could even wheel the lad out for half time to get the crowd going.

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  • Beattie25

    May 24, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #40

    Exactley TDS

    Imagine if we got Perchinho at 12 and have him steroids.

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