Four Newcastle United Academy youngsters have been offered their first professional contracts with the club, and eight have been released.
Tom Heardman – gets first professional contract
6’4″ tall striker Tom Heardman, midfielder Liam Smith and two young defenders Jamie Sterry and Macaulay Gillesphey have been offered professional terms.
All four players are 19 years old and are local to the Newcastle area.
The four youngsters have played well for the Newcastle U21 side this season and right-back Sterry has been part of the Newcastle first team matchday squad for our last three games, although he didn’t make it to the subs bench.
Six youngsters have been offered third year scholarships – goalkeeper Brendan Pearson and defenders Jamie Cobain, Kyle Cameron, Adam Laidler, Callum Williams and Liam Gibson.
And finally eight youngsters will leave Newcastle in the summer – and they are Ryan McKinnon, James Atkinson, Greg Olley, Ben Drennan, Jordan Storey, Jonathyn Quinn, Andy Hall and Joe Kerridge.
It’s tough trying to make it in today’s football world – that’s for sure.
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