It was announced last night that Rolando Aarons has signed his first professional contract with Newcastle, and that follows Adam Armstrong, Lubo Satka and Freddie Woodman who all signed their first deal for the club last week.
Peter Beardsley with Rolando Aarons yesterday
Since then both Adam and Freddie have helped the England U17 team qualify for the finals of the European U17 Championships in May in Malta with three good wins in their group.
18-year-old winger Aarons was born in Jamaica and has been at Newcastle for a couple of years since joining us from Bristol City two years ago.
And he was part of Newcastle’s first team squad at Fulham a few weeks back, as manager Alan Pardew has tried to give Newcastle’s top youngsters a taste of what it’s like to be in the first team squad at the club.
This is what the delighted 18 year-old said on the Newcastle web-site:
“I’m buzzing – it’s a special moment for me.” “This is where it starts and I need to get my head down; the hard work starts now.”
“I feel like I’m stronger, faster and fitter and I’ve benefited from the work I’ve been doing with the fitness coaches here.”
“It seems as though the gaffer is really interested in bringing young players through so it gives you hope that you’ll get a chance if you keep doing well.”
Newcastle’s Football Development Manager Peter Beardsley added:
“Rolando’s had a brilliant month.” “He’s always had ability but he’s shown great character in the last month and we’re delighted that he’s agreed to sign this contract.”
“He has a lot of talent and now he’s adding the work rate to it. He has a bright future and it’s good news for us going forward.”
“The owner is all for youngsters doing well and what he’s doing at this football club at youth level is incredible, I genuinely mean that. Long term, it will be brilliant.”
We hope Peter is right there with that last sentence, but he’s always been a big supporter of Mike Ashley.
It seems that at the moment Newcastle have some top youngsters coming through the Academy, and we have to hope that one or two these youngsters develop into first team regulars at Newcastle, and that’s something that’s been missing at Newcastle over the last seven years.
Best of luck to Rolando and we hope he can become one of those successful youngsters at the club.
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