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.
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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