James Tavernier was one of only five Development squad players who have been offered a new contract, once his current deal expires at the end of this month.
James Tavernier – while on loan at Carlisle United
Nine of the Development squad were released a week or so ago, and the other four who have been offered new contracts are Paul Dummett, Brad Inman, Conor Newton and Michael Richardson – and all have signed their deals.
But James has not yet signed the deal that’s on the table for him, with rumors that Sheffield Wednesday are interested in signing the player.
But James has told the local papers today that he wants to stay on Tyneside:
“I want to stay at Newcastle – it’s obviously a massive club.” “At the moment it’s between the club, myself and my agent but I want to be here. My main aim is to have a really good pre-season and make sure the manager knows that I’m playing well.”
“And hopefully I can keep myself in his thinking for next season, and obviously there’s going to be more games next season with the Europa League and hopefully that means more chances for all of us in the squad.”
“It was great to hear the manager saying those things about you,” “It gives you so much inspiration when you hear the manager praising you but there is still a lot of hard work to do and I know next season is a very big one for me personally and for the club as a whole.”
Newcastle will be bringing in at least one top full-back over the summer, and that could be a right back, and French International Mathieu Debuchy and Crystal Palace England U21 International Nathaniel Clyne are two who have been mentioned prominently.
In the poll we are running between Debuchy and Clyne, 70% want Debuchy to join Newcastle compared with 25% for Nathaniel, and 5% undecided.
Here’s that poll, and it’s still open if you haven’t yet voted.
James will be in the first team squad next season, but if he does not get enough games, we wouldn’t be surprised if Alan Pardew sends the lad out on loan again, maybe even for the season, since he’s still only 20 years old.
We expect James to sign on the dotted line for Newcastle, and he is one of the most promising youngsters on Tyneside at the moment.
James has played twice for the Newcastle first team, and should be able to add to that total next season.