Eight Young Players Released – Four Get New Deals


Four Newcastle United Academy youngsters have been offered their first professional contracts with the club, and eight have been released.

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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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96 comments so far

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Mar 27, 2015 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #1

    Is it normal every season for clubs to let so many youngsters go ?? Or does Beardsley just not develop properly??

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 27, 2015 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #2

    It’s how all bargain bin clubs run their youth sides Lee mate. Quick in the bin, quick out of the bin. No point actually spending time (and money) on developing youngsters. All we are after is youngish foreigners on the cheap anyway.

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  • beermonkey

    Mar 27, 2015 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #3

    lcbp

    I looked at southamptons academy quite a while ago they get rid of twice as many every year

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 27, 2015 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #4

    Lee Charnley Bunga Party
    Is it normal every season for clubs to let so many youngsters go ?? Or does Beardsley just not develop properly??

    You are so dim you have to ask that question yet still think you know enough to be a snide about a club legend.

    With fans like you we don’t need mackems

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  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 27, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #5

    BoyDoneGood

    I have not personally insulted you and am the same as you in wanting the best for NUFC. However your earlier contention was:

    Now it is perfectly possible that those who believe MA is content to aim for 8-10th and safe TV money are right. But they are just plain wrong to argue that there are 8 years of evidence for that view. 2011-13 disprove that.

    I thought my point of view clearly stated that the lack of ambition on the pitch has happened since the season we finished 5th, previously a whole heap of mistakes got us relegated. Whether finishing that high was lucky or not is not an argument pertinent to the point that you generally make about realistic supporters being unduly pessimistic.

    As I previously stated, despite the huge amounts of money spent on player transfers in to the club, the actual investment is negative.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 27, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #6

    It’s that time of the season when we usually flop mightily and sink in the table. No depth in the squad, which leads to few wins in the second half of each season as injuries and suspensions mount.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 27, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #7

    Sliema…did you make the call yet 😀

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 27, 2015 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #8

    Really poor player management is just one of our major failings. The number of long term injuries is ridiculous. It means huge problems going forward because Mike is a notorious cheapskate on top of that. We’ve got numerous players that no other team wants. Who will take players like Obertan, and made of glass Saylor off our hands? Who would want Riviere after this season? Ferreyra will obviously leave after being totally useless on loan. We should be a comedy club not a football club.

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  • beermonkey

    Mar 27, 2015 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #9

    g2

    you say
    It’s that time of the season when we usually flop mightily and sink in the table

    isn’t that xmas onwards

    there is not a lot of joy in watching the toon get beat most weeks but I still h8 the international breaks

    how are u g2

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 27, 2015 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #10

    Jesper I dialled that number
    It was a lap dancing club in Oslo !!!

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  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 27, 2015 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #11

    Jesper…Ghostbusters?

    On the youngsters contracts…All 19 years old, I imagine they will be expected to make the step up sooner rather than later then.

    Ed…If they are all the same age, how come only the two defenders all called “young”? 🙂

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 27, 2015 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #12

    Hei varme fitte klubb
    Alle kredittkort tatt

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 27, 2015 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #13

    To build a top 10 competitive squad we would have to do the following: get rid of Obertan, Saylor, Willo Riviere, Fereyrra, and Gouffran, and retire Jonas (respectfully), That’s 7 players. We would need 2 top CB’s, 2 top strikers, and 2 wingers immediately. That would be around 35M-40M pounds straight away in the summer. A new manager/head coach (what a joke), new coaching staff, new medical staff brought in as well. Does anyone actually believe there is any chance at all that will happen under Ashley? So prepare yourself for another bottom 10 finish next season, if not outright relegation if some of our better players get fed up and leave as well.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 27, 2015 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #14

    I’m good beermonkey mate. I’m preparing for more losses by gritting my teeth. It’s difficult to do while swallowing my beer. 😆 This spiral downwards we’re in right now is a difficult one with Sunderland coming up. I just hate the thought of that game to be honest.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 27, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #15

    BuyDoneGood (repost due to original posting being out of chronological order)

    I was trying to find a line graph to show the finishing places of all the PL clubs over the past 5 years, but I have run out of time. Alternatively take a look at this and see what summary you can make of the 2011-12 season overall.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/competitions/premier-league/10767412/Six-graphs-that-show-this-is-the-most-competitive-Premier-League-season-in-history.html

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  • beermonkey

    Mar 27, 2015 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #16

    g2

    I would settle for a draw right now given our derby record of late

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 27, 2015 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #17

    Holy Island you have missed a graph out !!!

    The angle of your dangle whilst talking out of your posterior orifice.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 27, 2015 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #18

    Jeff…if it’s a poll dancing club it’s not in Oslo if you read my reply to Sliema!

    Ibiza…Ghostbusters you say 😀 maybe I should have said ‘Who are you gonna call?

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  • BandB

    Mar 27, 2015 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #19
  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 27, 2015 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #20

    Not had a drink yet

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 27, 2015 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #21

    It’s pathetic considering how bad Sunderland are beermonkey but I would take a draw as well. I wonder what Carver is thinking? If we lose that one is it the end of his chances to get the permanent head coach position? A silver lining in every dark cloud as they say.

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  • BoyDoneGood

    Mar 27, 2015 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #22

    Lindisfarne

    Forget Carroll. The 2011-2 success (?) is post-Carroll. I have suggested that the spending pattern since then might show a learning curve, and be strategic (somebody in there might actually be thinking). All I have argued is that the worst appointments (players and backroom) were in the early Ashley years, that there has been considerable success more recently thanks to good scouting, and that the really tight financial rein of the last 18 mths or so might hopefully herald some joined-up spending on coach and squad this summer from a position of (new found) financial security. I have never claimed to be right, unlike the many crystal ball gazers who confidently condemn MA for his “inevitable” cheapskate moneygrubbing this summer.

    And I quite enjoyed 2011-12. I’d have enjoyed it much better without the embarrassingly bad results that always spoiled the pattern under Pardew. There’s a lot I find ugly about the way Pulis plays, but he avoids losing. Wenger is a better example of good management, but NUFC can’t afford an Arsenal squad, so I’m hoping for Garde.

    You’re right – you weren’t abusive. It wasn’t you who wrote that it was a “fcuking insult” to suggest Ashley had spent money on Anita. Since I never mentioned or consciously considered Anita I suppose I must have been like that guy in “1984” who was condemned for dissing Big Brother in his sleep. Thoughtcrime.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 27, 2015 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #23

    BandB…I have lived in your country and I don’t recall drinking on a Friday afternoon was considered early?

    …has something changed?

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  • BandB

    Mar 27, 2015 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #24

    jesper,

    It depends if you can scrape together £1.49 for eight cans.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 27, 2015 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #25

    BandB…that’s the cheap ones isn’t it?

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  • BandB

    Mar 27, 2015 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #26

    Eight Ace.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 27, 2015 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #27

    What does a 6-pack Stella or Kronenburg 1664 run you these days?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 27, 2015 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #28

    BDG,
    Your post on the previous thread, what was your point exactly, we ground out results and thoroughly deserved that fifth place despite the fire football served up for about 65% of the games which has nothing to do with the lack of ambition Mashley showed in the summer after it, what in your mind would it have took to convince you that he lacked ambition bearing in mind that Anita was bought because they fully expected to sell Tiote or Cabaye.

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  • BandB

    Mar 27, 2015 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #29

    Fifth might have been more credible as a statement of intent if they hadn’t set their target for the following season at eighth, and dropped it to 10th the season after.
    I’m not sure what sort of numerical indicator of going forwards going backwards can be painted as.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 27, 2015 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #30

    The worst appointments both players and backroom are scattered liberally throughout Ashley’s 8 years BDG. We have Carver now, who is actually worse than Pardew, who was mediocre at best. We have players like Willo, Obertan and Riviere in the club who are not even close to Prem quality. Things have not improved. We will not finish in the top 10 this season. That’s based on facts and performances.

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  • BoyDoneGood

    Mar 27, 2015 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #31

    Lindisfarne

    Thanks for the link. Those graphs are interesting but raw – no trendlines shown.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 27, 2015 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #32

    BDG,
    As you well know it was me that wrote it was a fcuking insult to suggest that Ashley had reacted to the qualification of EL positively, he done the polar opposite and weakened that squad before deadline day despite knowing the games ahead and a long term injury to Ryan Taylor.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 27, 2015 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #33

    Spot on BandB @29. Looking for steady improvement in the club is like looking for a needle in a haystack. Except there is no needle in this case.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 27, 2015 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #34

    GT…did you ever listen to that Neil Young song I posted earlier…it’s inspired by Newcastle and our struggle 🙂

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 27, 2015 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #35

    …I know you’re a Neil Young fan

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 27, 2015 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #36

    Sorry jesper mate I missed the earlier post. Which song is it?

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  • jimiley

    Mar 27, 2015 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #37

    Carver needs to get his act together otherwise the season could just peter out and become meaningless.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 27, 2015 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #38

    I also have a favourite Beatles song which has the line
    “I am the Thongman, you are the Walrus, goo goo goo joob” Beautiful.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 27, 2015 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #39

    GT…’Walk like a Giant ‘

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 27, 2015 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #40

    The season already has petered out and become meaningless jimiley mate. If we get more than 5 more points I’ll be shocked.

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