Exodus Starts – Newcastle Midfielder Leaves


There will be a number of Newcastle’s younger  players leaving in the summer, and the Newcastle web-site is reporting that 22 year-old local lad Conor Newton, who has spent the last two seasons on loan at St. Mirren, will be joining Rotherham United this summer.

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Conor Newton – in action at St. Mirren

That’s where James Tavernier and Haris Vuckic have been on loan this year, and Rotherham are in the play-off finals of League One, and will play Leyton Orient on Sunday at Wembley, for the right to play in the Championship next season.

It’s being reported the Newcastle-born player, who grew up in Whickham, has signed a two year deal at the Millers,  and will join them when his contract runs out at Newcastle at the end of June, and of course it has not been renewed.

Newton came through the Newcastle Youth Academy, but like a number of other young players at the club, he has been unable to make the jump to become a first team player.

Other younger players such as James Tavernier, Haris Vuckic and Shane Ferguson are also expected to leave the Newcastle club this summer, to get first team football elsewhere.

And it’s also thought that Rotherham would  like to sign Tavernier permanently, after some terrific performances from the 22 year-old  this season.

Conor never played for the Newcastle first team but the central midfielder spent two good seasons north of the border at St. Mirren, where he played 61 times with 8 goals.

We wish Conor every success for his future in football, and Rotherham seems like a good move for him, and they have done very well this season.

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83 comments so far

  • geordie157

    May 23, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #1

    Newton will do well in the championship if they go up.

    Who’s next? I know who’ll be last out, obertan

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  • Dannyo

    May 23, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #2

    Hardly Ed.
    Gosling is already gone.

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  • SeanNufc87

    May 23, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #3

    I watched tav for Rotherham the other day and he looked excellent, smart on the ball, always seemed to beat his man and put in some very dangerous crosses. I could still see him having a future with us, perhaps if debs goes we could move santon on to the right with tav as back up and leave dummet and sadio fighting for the left (assuming we dont buy another full back) not forgetting ryan Taylor might actually be able to play.

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  • croftus5678

    May 23, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #4

    remy/luuk not ours to lose.

    gosling/newton gone but tbh they should not have been in our squad as we do and should have a better quality of player.

    shola going again imo this makes us stronger as stupid as it sounds ^^ cambell/arma who shola was picked in front of given the same games should score more goals than shola would have.

    guti/ober/ferg/richardson/raylor are also players we could lose and not lose anything with reguards to the squad imo.

    so i wouldnt care less if all these left on the same day at the same minute ^^

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  • jayphoto

    May 23, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #5

    Can’t see us swapping Constant for Santon! Constant is more of A defensive wide midfielder than a left back! Be useful in a 3-5-2 but not good enough defensively to be LB in a flat back 4 and not good enough offensively to play in a midfield 4.
    Would maybe work at left mid if played with a haidara if haidara spent all game overlapping

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    May 23, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #6

    Pace is a big factor in the game, massive. It’s something we lacked last season a little bit if I’m honest and its a definite factor in the recruitment scenario for next season.

    We still haven’t given up on keeping Shola here and Lee Charnley has been working hard to strike the right deal that suits both parties. If Shola leaves, he’ll be a big miss for sure because he’s been terrific for this football club. It will be like a new signing if we can tie him down.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    May 23, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #7

    Swapping Santon for Constant? Joe Kinnear thought about it last season and thought he could do it by getting one consonant and one vowel.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 23, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #8

    If it is correct that the TOON have offered Gomis £85,000 a week who has not played in the premiership. Then why not push the boat out and give Remy £85,000 – £100,000 to stay. Unless Remy is desperate to get away for Champions League football

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  • croftus5678

    May 23, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #9

    @3 sean

    i agree i see tav a few games back and yes he looked great tbh on the performance that game i would have thought he wouldnt have looked out of place in our team (obv deb’s had a bit more quality about him but they wasnt miles apart) and apparently he’s been playing like that a lot while on loan.

    abied is another (although not seen only got reports) but he’s almost 1st choice as a loan signing at a top team so they must think a hell of a lot of him ! and he’s still young so i think he needs to be in our squad next season.

    vukic tbh is not 1st choice on loan only used as impact sub (like arfa for us but in a much lower league) i kinda doubt he will make it now but hope i’m wrong and if not he’s another who wont be missed.

    cambell ! tbh he did very well !!! 10 games mostly odd 5-10mins and 2 goals 1 assist so he was still very good stat wise esp for someone so young (i reckon he would have been picked ahead of arma if availible tbh ad he tends to be a bit more grown up and knows his position)

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  • JMist

    May 23, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #10

    Shame these good players are not nurtured to become part of the first team. Not their fault but I think the manager does not have the ability to bring in young kids. He has failed on that. All the promising young guys who joined the club have gone backward. Mehdi Abeid for example proved that he was a good player but the manager could not see this. If you want a youth policy as Ashley want to implement at the club then you need a manager who can help them to achieve this. Unfortunately the manager is not able to do this.

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  • jayphoto

    May 23, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #11

    Anyone see the interview with the St Mirren manager where he says Campbell has all the attributes to be a top player but his problem and the fact he didn’t start was down to his lack of heart and passion for the game?? thats worrying, can’t teach that like

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    May 23, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #12

    Mind, the cups will be back on next season. We’ll get tired again.

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  • croftus5678

    May 23, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #13

    @10 jay

    i didnt see that and your right if true it is kinda worrying.

    just worked his playing time out and he played just over 6 full games adding all his sub times up so 2 goals 1 assist aint that bad tbh a lot better than what we had last season even if it was in scots league.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 23, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #14

    Jay,
    On Campbell, it would be odd if that was correct. One of the things that virtually every coach who has worked with him has said is that he is incredibly enthusiastic and passionate about playing. It is the impression I have got when watching him as well. Maybe the lad didn’t settle that well up there and that was causing the problem with his ‘passion and heart’ for the game.

    Could also have been the fact that he saw Armstrong coming into the squads less than a month after he went on loan, and felt that could have been his chance as well.

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  • geordie157

    May 23, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #15

    Those Campbell comments remind me of a few yrs back when the same was said about Kadar, another who had a lot of potential but didn’t that bothered about developing it.

    Maybe it was the Nile Ranger influence of do what you like and you’ll still get a career with minimum effort. Although to be fair Ranger for Swindon was great on the pitch and did put in a shift too.

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  • estechco

    May 23, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #16

    You can stop whenever you hit the words “Football Direct News”…

    #MischieveMakingFatty

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  • jimmysmith

    May 23, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #17

    Newcastle probably have about 15 first team and reserve squad players that you might as well just draw a line through. I’m actually surprised Ashley hasn’t done it in the past, as we seemed to have had a large chunk of players that really aren’t going to figure. Why not a legitimate squad of 18 genuine first team players, a genuine attempt at filling the reserves with top 15-17 year olds, who at 18 or earlier push for first team squad if their the odd gem, otherwise released or out on loan for those who show promise, with two years max to prove yourself. Cant see the point in messing about because you really have to have obvious attributes to be good enough to break into the first team at Newcastle.

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  • GeordieDan

    May 23, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #18

    Jayphoto>

    I tried to speak to Adam Campbell in the away end at the Stadium of Shite during our last derby there.

    The kids is an arrogant little prick. He couldn’t even be arsed to look at you when he was talking- this from a kid who has dobe NOWT to warrant being so up himself.

    If he doesn’t make it I’m not surprised at all. He doesn’t deserve it for either his on field cobtribution or his attitude.

    He needs a slap not a contract! Bollox to him, his loss not ours.

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  • the truth will out

    May 23, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #19

    why not give up till he has gone
    “not a penny more”

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  • theartfuldodger

    May 23, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #20

    WC starts june 12..

    So if we are signing any of the biggish names its gotta be done in these 2 weeks..

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  • croftus5678

    May 23, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #22

    @16 jimmy

    i’m speechless ;-o

    that makes complete sense to me ! those not good enough for 1st team should be shipped out and stop wasting money + wages so we can maybe pay the better players a better wage to keep them here.

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  • Average_Contents

    May 23, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #23

    Buckluck

    I was just gonna post that link mate and if true, we’ve no chance

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  • Blofal

    May 23, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #24

    Buckluck I hope that’s not true.

    I hate how money has ruined the game. Chelsea and the other big clubs can just buy players and loan them out just in case they become superstars. No doubt Chelsea would buy him then loan him to us.

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  • the truth will out

    May 23, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #25

    in order to compete you have to spend
    whether it is on stars young uns coming thru
    or a manager and coaching staff who know what they are doing

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  • BuckLuck

    May 23, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #26

    AC

    I agree. No chance at all with the current regime mate.
    Every club in Europe knows we have a lot of cash. We have to pay actual value for good players. Not enough bargains laying around to build a whole squad.

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  • the truth will out

    May 23, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #27

    fat gonk wont spend till its almost too late
    not a penny more

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  • BuckLuck

    May 23, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #28

    Frustrating to know that £2-3m more in january and Cabella would probably be ours allready.

    You have to invest to build something. You can’t do it any other way.

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  • BuckLuck

    May 23, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #29

    Blofal

    Then we have to buy the talents before them. We have to trust our scouts and buy the players we want before the big clubs get a sniff. The only way to do that is to pay close to asking price. Our first offer is often 50% of asking price and that’s an insult really. It seems like we do the same thing with contract offers. Not very classy.

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  • the truth will out

    May 23, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #30

    fatty is classless

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  • Spoof

    May 23, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #31

    I thought Chelsea were over ran with number 10’s, why do they want another, unless Hazard does go to PSG then perhaps Cabella would be seen as a replacement for him, but without knocking the lad as I haven’t seen a great deal of him, is he good enough to replace Hazard ?

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  • Average_Contents

    May 23, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #32

    This is what I don’t get about fatty, he has no qualms trying to increase the size of his SD empire by gambling with smaller companies or struggling ones, yet when it comes to us he doesn’t bother in the slightest! What’s 2-3m extra for a quality player who would most probably earn the club that back with league places, ticket sales, merchandise and the like? Not much tbh but even if the player didn’t effect them much he’s still an investment for the future! So what’s the problem?

    He fcuking hates us that’s what, it’s the only plausible explanation I can think of

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  • BuckLuck

    May 23, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #33

    AC

    I think you’re right. I think Ashley does a lot of things now because of the way we treated him and his familiy some years back, and still do.
    I actually think his intentions was to make Newcastle grow and push for the top 4, but after a couple of major errors we jumped on him. His ego is far too big to let that slide.

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  • Average_Contents

    May 23, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #34

    Buckluck

    Every club in Europe knows we have cash apart from the most important one! Us!

    Try telling the puppet we’ve got money because according to him we can’t compete with the Southamptons, the West hams, the West broms or anyone for that fcuking matter!

    Really does piss me off mate

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  • BuckLuck

    May 23, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #35

    .. and why not? He can watch his Spurs games and enjoy their “success” and just earn money from Newcastle on our expense.

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    May 23, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #36

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  • Graeme

    May 23, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #37

    Average @ 31. I dont think he hates us, its more likely that he and us fans look at things completely differently; with completely different goals.

    Ashley seems to be very comfortable with the Advertising and publicity NUFC provides him at NO cost to himself or, more importantly, to SD. As long as it continues, he will remain happy, as NUFC serves as a magnificent advertising hoarding for him.

    The fans on the other hand want to see as good a team as is possible, even with the financial constraints imposed. We want to see that team perform to the best of its ability in ALL competitions.

    I simply dont think that our performances interest him, he is not really a NUFC fan in any way. As long as we remain in the Premier League that is probably the only thing he is interested in.

    What a farce of a situation we are in!!!

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  • BuckLuck

    May 23, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #38

    AC

    If i suddenly see him on the street in Oslo I will punch him, and I will punch him hard. Not because I want to hurt him(who am I kidding…of course I do), but because it would give me some inner peace. He’s a bully. He can do this all day long and there’s little we can do about it. Boycott..?
    I’m boiling!

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  • the truth will out

    May 23, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #39

    not a penny more

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  • Spoof

    May 23, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #40

    Graeme

    what gets me though is that SD are now expanding across Europe, if we were also regularly in the CL which could be done then that could help to take the SD brand across Europe as well, so it could be viewed that he isn’t exploiting us as much as he could, and in all honesty if we were competitive in Europe on a regular basis would any of us be bothered how much free advertising he was getting, I certainly wouldn’t, so why not do it, I honestly feel that the only reason he doesn’t is out of fear that he may have a CL wage will without the CL income, now that is a gamble but it is a gamble which he appears to be prepared to take elsewhere, but as we often ask, why not us. ?

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