First Newcastle Youngster Sent Out On Loan For The Season

News today that 22 year-old Shane Ferguson will get plenty of games next season, as he has signed up on loan for the season at Lee Clark’s Birmingham City.

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Shane Ferguson – in Birmingham’s colors last season

The only surprise there is that it’s for the full season, but next summer Shane will have a chance to come to Newcastle’s pre-season, and show that he should be part of Newcastle’s first team.

But Shane turned 22 this month, so he’s hardly a youngster any more but he will be able to get a full season in with Birmingham in the Championship and that should do him the world of good.

Wolverhampton Wanderers also wanted to sign the player on loan, but Wolves, who have been relegated in successive seasons missed out, as Shane went for Championship level football..

Lee Clark had this to say about the loan deal:

“I’m absolutely delighted to be able to bring Shane in. It’s taken the longest of all the deals, but he was one I wasn’t going to give up on.” “He did really well for us last season and I’m sure the fans are very happy to have him back.”

“I think it will be a good move for him playing week in and week out, which he hasn’t really done at a first-team level, because he’ll get stronger and stronger.” “I also want to thank my old club Newcastle, who have done really well for us in terms of the way they’ve structured the deal financially for us.”

Ferguson should help Birmingham go for promotion in the coming season, and Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill will be happy enough.

Michael had urged the player to get first team football this season, which is what will now happen.

It seems that it’s a good deal for everyone involved, and we;ll be following Shane’s progress next season.

Last season Shane played 11 times on loan at Birmingham with one great goal, and he’s played 32 times for the Newcastle first team, and 8 times with one goal for Northern Ireland.

We expect more Newcastle youngsters to be farmed out on local for next season.

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204 comments so far

  • jeff

    Jul 24, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #1

    “News today that 22 year-old Shane Ferguson will get plenty of games next season, as he has signed up on loan for the season at Lee Clark’s Birmingham City.”

    as far as im aware this was announced two days ago

  • Toon Avenger

    Jul 24, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #2

    Good to see Shane go as we are packed full of quality left wingers with a great delivery what with….



  • jeff

    Jul 24, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #3

    this guy is like 15 kg. and hes 22 loled

    i am heavier already

  • Ben3arfa

    Jul 24, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #4
  • Toon Avenger

    Jul 24, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #5

    Tom down sarf

    Your earlier comment about having 24 over 21’s equalling a strong team, lets look at some of these over 21’s:

    Ron Elliot – poor/average
    Mike Williamson – poor/below average
    Ryan Tatlor – injured/unspectacular (wont be registered anyway)
    Romain Amalfitano – who?
    Jonas – poor/overrated
    Shola Amobi – poor/awful
    Gabriel Obertan – amazing
    Steven Taylor – poor/overrated

    Great team with lots of quality throughout.

  • Slank

    Jul 24, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #6

    Sirtoon @ 31

    ‘ …Papiss goes into a casino and he is despised, yet at the same time people want to bring in Remy who has been charged with rape..?

    Cisse is being despised because, if the media is correct, many fans see him as a sanctimonious hypocrite.

    Under English law, Remy is innocent until proven guilty.

  • richyg01

    Jul 24, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #7


    No doubts its him.

    Chips in hand too??

  • sirtoongospel

    Jul 24, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #8


    People keep referring to Muslim/Sharia law. At what point has he said his issues/reservations are down to strictly religious reasons?

    Throwing the “bad Muslim” card at him is a bit unfair (in my opinion) when people don’t know the facts. Both parties have said nothing, lawyers are involved now, and the whole thing is a mess.

    But the press have used his religion as his reasons to object, and this isn’t completely true. Now his religion is a stick to beat him with. There is not one perfect human being on this earth. Not one.

  • Toon Avenger

    Jul 24, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #9

    Going to a casino is something he will have to suffer with as an individual of the Muslim faith.

    Wearing wonga is something that will potential affect millions of Muslims.

  • richyg01

    Jul 24, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #10


    We do not despise Cisse for going to the Casino, its his split morals, he is going against his own beliefs.

  • richyg01

    Jul 24, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #11

    AP: “I’m pushing Joe to get a transfer in. I think we need a boost. We are in a situation where we want to progress now.”

    Hardpoo getting frustrated too!?

  • richyg01

    Jul 24, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #12

    Malaga have cancelled Julio Baptista’s contract

  • Toon Avenger

    Jul 24, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #13

    The only people hurling abuse are the retards who know nothing of faith in the first place.

  • richyg01

    Jul 24, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #14

    SSN: Gareth Bale has not been included in Tottenham Hotspur’s squad to face Sunderland in the Asia Trophy.

    Looks like he is away, great loss to the EPL.

  • richyg01

    Jul 24, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #15

    Hopefully the PFA getting involved in talks between all parties can get this situation resolved and we can move on, with Papis still in the stripes.

  • Toon Avenger

    Jul 24, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #16


    Seriously. You “despise” him for split morals?

    Yeah because football is the most morally sound sport ever.

    What gives you the right to question another’s morality?

  • sirtoongospel

    Jul 24, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #17

    Slank. Exactly, the media. So it must be true eh?

    On Remy, I agree entirely. But my point was that Cisse is a villain because of a casino visit, Remy is clamoured over despite a serious allegation against him (and turning us down in Jan).

    All I am saying is that a bit of perspective is required here. Your use of the word “despised” says it all really. I don’t think he deserves to be despised over something like this. If he was 100% in the wrong then NUFC would have said so VERY QUICKLY. They haven’t so what does that tell you?

  • brian kilclines pony tail

    Jul 24, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #18

    he has every right to question his morals, cisse is in the public eye, when you are in the public eye people will make an opinion about you from the choices you make and the things you do.

    get shot of this time waster trying to get his last big move to anzi.

  • supershola

    Jul 24, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #19

    If Cisse won’t wear the wonga shirt he is a hypocrite end of.

    He was happy to play in the ‘Barclays’ premier league wearing ‘Virgin Money’ …. Don’t hey both charge interest and pray on the poor. I’ve certainly been offered loans and credit cards from both other companies trying to get me to owe them interest on top.

    Also breaking a contractual agreement is against their religion as well… Isn’t he doing that if he refuses to wear the shirt.

    And thirdly gambling in the casino.

    He’s blatantly trying to engineer a move or get more money.

    If he’s that religious he wouldn’t be doing all the above.

    And what happens if we let him not wear the shirt, let the rest of the muslims as well? How would we ever get a decent sponsorship again if we let no one wear the logo??

  • pawl250

    Jul 24, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #20

    Toon Avenger

    You seem to think we should be trying new things? Why?

    You do not see any team try “new” things in pre season really…..

    I mean he swaps the odd player, changes the odd formation but its hardly new.

    You do not broadcast changes to set pieces in pre season, or future tactics.

    I DO NOT care who you are, or which club you support but to expect winning teams in a pre season is beyond pathetic!

    Its called pre season as its based to manage a player fitness levels going into a new campaign.

    ALL clubs have the same attitude. I would bet money every managers pre season team talk is along the lines of “A win would be nice for the travelling fans but take it easy, its all about fitness right now.”

    Tactics are for behind the scenes.

    Also people need to accept we are NOT Swansea, and nor could we be if we tried. It would take years integrate a passing style like that into our game.

    Rogers proved that at Liverpool, he had Agger and Skrtel playing the passing game and ultimately gifted goals especially earlier on last season.

    We have a decent side, should finish top 10, am pretty confident of that.

    I feel 3 signings, decent ones I.e Remy De Jong type standard would allow us to push for top 7, but its a ladder, 1 step at a time. If we could finish 7th this season fantastic, next season aim higher.

    Its almost impossible to win the league these days unless heavy investment is provided, Spurs have proved that spending ALOT of money still struggling to get top 4 each season, just achieving it last year and the year before. BUT then a massive gap between them and 1st.

    Its near impossible, and to think us and those around us etc. only invest 20m-30m a season, Man City have spent 100m this season as of now…..

    Man Utd are looking to pay 30m+ on 1 player.

    Cheslea 30m+ on 1-2 players.

    Its insane…..

    The game is broken beyond belief.

  • Spreadthetoon

    Jul 24, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #21

    Quote from AP
    Manager Alan Pardew said: “The Lyon president has come out and said we are involved with Gomis – and I can confirm we are. Bafetimbi is a player we think could do very well for us. He is on our sights. We are trying to strengthen our attacking area. In midfield and at the back we are comfortable.”

    Clueless, small squad last year, smaller squad this year. Handful of players out this window with no replacements……….all the hallmarks of another repeat season though this time me might not survive to tell the tale. What a disgrace!

  • pawl250

    Jul 24, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #22


    13 July 2013 Thai All-Star XI N 0–1
    20 July 2013 A-League All Stars N 5–1
    23 July 2013 Yokohama F. Marinos A 2–3

    2 losses, 1 win.


    1 win 1 draw 1 loss.

    Hardly any difference in competition, Man Utd have 10x the quality of players.

    Who is having a worse pre season?!

    Seriously man!

    Although I do agree we should be playing abroad to get our name out and about to increase a following. It would improve revenue long term, Man utd did it first and get mass amounts of money from overseas.

  • Slank

    Jul 24, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #23

    richy @ 10


    I still believe it’s a smokescreen to force more money out of the club or a move away.

    It will be interesting to see whether he plays any pre-season games. If he plays and doesn’t wear the Wonga logo but donates all his wages to charity I would be impressed.

    I would also be impressed if he replaces the Wonga logo with a logo of a charity and only accepts the difference between what the club would have paid him and what the charity will pay him.

  • cestriasteve

    Jul 24, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #24

    Lilongwe Geordie you seriously know your stuff.. where do you see we need strengthening and who would you see us bring in?

  • Slank

    Jul 24, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #25

    sirtoongospel @ 17

    The longer the silence from Cisse, or his agent or/and the club the worse the situation becomes. It isn’t good for him or the club.

  • JaxtheMag

    Jul 24, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #26

    ferguson is 22 if he was anygood he would be on the bench at least, but hes not. he was headlined as a toon star. have we got any stars I don’t think so.pardew says we played well lasnite. hope man city stop at 6.

  • sirtoongospel

    Jul 24, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #27

    @18, I actually agree with you. Question his morals for sure. He has put himself in that position. But question his religion? Only he can decide what he does/doesn’t do when it comes to that.

    How many Christians get abuse for playing on Sunday? Religion is what that individual makes of it. You cannot criticise someone when it is their choice and no one else’s.

    Morals however, that is something that can provoke a reaction if you aren’t consistent. If and when he speaks on this then everyone can pass judgement on that.

  • pawl250

    Jul 24, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #28


    Compared to last season –

    Krul –
    Alnwick – Harper
    Elliot –

    Debuchy – Simpson
    Mbiwa (no one out to replace)
    Haidara (no one out to replace)
    Dummett (loaned out last yr) – Ferguson (loaned out this yr)

    Sissoko – Perch
    Ben Arfa
    Gouffran – Gosling


    Stronger squad compared to this time last year! And the youth have 1 year more experience, and PL experience at that!

    Defo stronger than last year, providing we replace Ba, AND we have no EL games either!

  • Ben3arfa

    Jul 24, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #29

    Anyone slandering Muslims is simply being ignorant

    We have at least 6 other Muslims in our squad who are giving their all to their team. Im sure they wouldnt appreciate some of the fans bigotry just because Cisse chose not to wear the Wonga shirt albeit. hypocritically

  • Slank

    Jul 24, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #30

    brian @ 18

    You are quite right.

    Any person today who is in the public eye should be fully aware that nearly everyone carries a camera phone. There is no hiding.

    Fans who pay his wages are entitled to their opinions, whether they are right or wrong.

  • geordiesteve520

    Jul 24, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #31


    10jeff // Jul 24, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Lilongwe- I assume your team is facing the opposite way

    Hulk just moved to Monaco
    Kevin Prince Boateng would be a great signing i agree
    Philip Cololinho? I doubt Lpool would sell but may as well try haha
    Purrel Frankel is retired lolol would be some steal at the back
    Simeon Jackson isnt good enough for this club
    Sticking with Jonas and Ameobi haha brave move, channel the inner pardew
    Lucan (i assume u mean Lucas) wont leave PSG. Good suggestion though

    @Jeff 10, that just shows you are literally too stupid to insult. Apart from Ameobi and Gutteriez they are all non football players, two of them are horses FFS and on is the husband of the bloody queen. Up until now I have stayed out of your insane conversations but now you’ve just showed yourself up.

    Ps he did not mean Lucas from PSG he meant Lord Lucan, you imbecile.

  • richyg01

    Jul 24, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #32
  • sirtoongospel

    Jul 24, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #33


    The silence is deafening and bad for all concerned.
    With regards to Papiss sacrificing his wages if he wears a plain shirt, or a charity one, how does that make sense?

    Wonga provide around 5% (at the most) of the clubs annual income. So without wonga why does he have to lose all of his wages? And what charity can afford to pay his wages?

    Also bear in mind that he has repeatedly stated that football is a way for him to help others. He has invested massive amounts of his own money in Senegal. A few visits to the casino it seems is enough to wipe out the large amount of good work he has done. That’s a shame in my opinion.

  • low fell mag

    Jul 24, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #34

    Come on big Joe lets get Remmy ,Gomis over the line ,and would like Bent if Cissie decides to go.
    Im starting to flap a little now.
    Big Joe, you bumped your gums ,nothing wrong in that providing you produce the goods,but if you don’t ,Hell has no fury like a scorned Geordie.

  • christoon5369

    Jul 24, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #35


    what are you on?

    teams dont try new things pre season?

    we should be trying something we didnt do last season and pass the ball

  • GenralHez

    Jul 24, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #36

    At 22 he is no longer a youngster, if he is not good enough by now sell him.

  • brian kilclines pony tail

    Jul 24, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #37

    @27 – I seen your point, however to be a muslim there are a certain set of rules to follow like any religion. i was born a catholic not out of choice but simply because my family was, even though i follow the 10 commandments as a basic set of rules to live my life by i do not follow the religion so I can not call myself a catholic.
    what he is doing is picking and choosing his own rules, therefore in my eyes he is not part of that particular religion, if there is a muslin sub religion that he is part of that say gambling is ok then fair enough, but if there is i have never heard of it.

    I also agree massively with the majority parts of the jewish religion, but i am not jewish by any means.

  • richyg01

    Jul 24, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #38

    I don’t despise Cisse in the slightest, he is a great player.

  • Slank

    Jul 24, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #39

    Ben3arfa @ 29

    I think there will always be a minority who will slander Muslims simply because they are ignorant about the religion but there are some others will not realise they are doing it possibly because they are getting the issue mixed up hypocrisy for which religion may not play any part.

  • richyg01

    Jul 24, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #40


    That is a problem that is always going to arise, due to one person’s split morals. Like the Muslim guy (sorry cant remember his name) said in an interview yesterday, “you cannot pick and choose parts of a religion that suit you”.

    But it appears that is exactly what Cisse is doing, and that is him making a mockery of his own religion.

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