Newcastle’s Scottish U21 player Brad Inman has just returned from a loan spell at Crewe Alexandra, where he played 26 times and scored 8 goals and played at Wembley in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, when Crewe beat Southend United 2-0 in early April.
Brad Inman – while at Crewe
Brad was one of many youngsters who were sent out on loan once the five Frenchmen arrived in January, and Brad, who was born in Adelaide, Australia, did very well.
And Brad, who joined the Academy as a 14 year-old, had an outstanding game yesterday, when the Newcastle U21 side beat Consett 6-0 and Brad scored two goals and also won a penalty – he looked the best player on the Newcastle side yesterday.
This is what the Australian said after the game yesterday:
“I think the loan spell has helped me a lot.” “To me it seems like I’m the same player but maybe to others it seems like I’ve improved.” “But I feel like I’m gradually getting better now. I’m feeling fitter and I feel like I know the real game now.”
“It was a good experience. The gaffer and Willie Donachie wanted me to go out and play men’s football and obviously I did that and enjoyed it, and it showed with the goals as well.” “And not many people get to play at Wembley.”
“It was a dream come true – I never really thought in my career I’d be playing at Wembley so I’ll remember that day for the rest of my life.” “It was good to play a game.” “It’s always better to play a game than training and in the second half, scoring the goals helped to make it a more enjoyable game.”
“It’s good to be back at Newcastle and it was a good game”
Presumably Brad will now be given a chance to stake some claim for a first team place next season, because at 21, it’s time he showed he can become a first teamer at Newcastle, and time is starting to run out.
Brad won the “Wor Jackie” award in 2010 – given to the best U18 player at the club, and it’s named after the legendary local striker – the great Jackie Milburn.
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