Even though Rolando Aarons has been out most of the season with a hamstring injury and has only played 5 games this season for the Newcastle first team, that didn’t stop him from picking up the Wor Jackie award last night, as the club’s most talented U18 player.
Rolando Aarons receiving award last night
The award was presented by the Chronicle Editor Darren Thwaites, and is awarded once a year to the outstanding young player at Newcastle.
It was won last year by one of the youngest ever winners – Adam Armstrong – who has now played 13 times for the Newcastle first team.
The award is named after the great Jackie Milburn in the 1940s and 1950s, who scored 200 goals for Newcastle, bettered only by Alan Shearer with his 206 goals for the Magpies.
Previous winners of the award also include local lads Andy Carroll and Sammy Ameobi.
Rolando Aarons had a great pre-season and played five times with two great goals earlier this season, before his hamstring injury forced him out again in early November, and he has yet to return from the injury.
In fact only yesterday he had a setback as John Carver said he had tweaked his thigh again.
Surprisingly enough Rolando was released by Bristol City in the summer of 2012, and was immediately picked up by Newcastle and he has been outstanding at Newcastle since that time.
Unfortunately for Newcastle and for the youngster himself, this season has been ravaged by the hamstring injury.
He signed his first professional contract early last year along with two other top youngsters at Newcastle, Adam striker Armstrong and goalkeeper Freddy Shepherd, who is currently on the bench while Rob Elliot is still out with a thigh injury.
It was another case of a Newcastle player being out a long time,after Rob had played injured while first choice Tim Krul was out injured, and that forced Newcastle to start Jak Alnwick in seven games, five of which we lost.
Elliot has still not returned from the thigh injury he damaged further just before half time at home to Chelsea on December 6th – a game we famously won 2-1.
We hope Rolando Aarons fully recovers from his hamstring problems, and becomes a great player – and at Newcastle too.
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