Winger – Newcastle Are A Project And Forward Thinking

It was leaked earlier on Wednesday that Newcastle were offering a five year enhanced deal to 19 year-old winger Rolando Aarons, who is in the last year of his contract on Tyneside.

And last night Newcastle made it official.

rolnado aarons signs 5 year deal

Rolando Aarons after signing five year deal

This is what the club put out on their web-site:


Newcastle United winger Rolando Aarons has signed a new five-year contract with the Club.

Aarons has put pen to paper on a new deal which will keep him at St. James’ Park until the summer of 2021.

The 20-year-old joined the Magpies’ Academy in 2012 after a spell at Bristol City, and progressed through the ranks on Tyneside.

He signed his first professional deal with the Club in 2014, and made his Newcastle debut as a substitute against Manchester City on the opening day of the 2014/15 campaign.

Aarons scored his first Magpies goal against Crystal Palace in August 2014, and has gone on to make 17 appearances in total, scoring three goals.

He has also earned international recognition, representing England at under-20 level, and has also been called up to the Three Lions’ under-21 squad.


Rolando was interviewed on nufcTV and this is what he had to say:

“It’s something that was always going to happen, but it’s nice to get it done.”
“I love the Club and this shows it even more. Under the new manager, there’s a project and it’s a forward-thinking Club now, so I’m just happy to be part of what the manager has in store for the Club.”

“I’m happy that he has faith in me and I’d like to repay him and the fans and my family for this opportunity.”

This is a very good move by Newcastle as Rafa ties down some of his best young players for the future.

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19 comments so far

  • Fostino

    Aug 11, 2016 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #1

    Great news

  • Tsunki

    Aug 11, 2016 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #2

    Wow. Why?

  • Tsunki

    Aug 11, 2016 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #3

    I wish he’d done something of note but he’s spent at least two seasons being touted as the great new prospect. He’s been a notable guest in the Taylor Suite and played very few matches is all.

  • one fine day

    Aug 11, 2016 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #4

    5 years
    Lets just hope he stays fit .
    He seems to have struggled since the man city game in the cup when pardiola knew better than the medical specialists
    It’s sad that, due to the way Ashely has run things in the past ,seeing a top youngster sign up long term only brings thoughts of us making sure we get a decent fee for him rather than let him walk on a free if he really comes alive.
    But i am hoping it really is because we want top young guys like this coming through for Newcastle united and not acting as a feeder club etc .

  • Tsunki

    Aug 11, 2016 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #5

    Taylor Suite Member List :-

    Siem De Jong
    Massadio Haidara
    Kevin Mbabu
    Rolando Aarons
    Robert Elliot
    Cheick Tiote

    Quite a club that.

  • Tsunki

    Aug 11, 2016 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #6

    One fine day, just about every club is a feeder club. Problem is a crocked player isn’t very appetising for the prospective devourer. I can’t see this stratagem panning out in Aarons case.

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 11, 2016 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #7

    Thought we were building a good team for this division. But take away mbemba and thats a slow back 4. Pace and power are jey in this division. We lack power up front and hanley is slow ( unlike what rafa claimed) and so are janmaat and dummett

  • Blofal

    Aug 11, 2016 at 1:28 AM

    Comment #8

    I feel sorry for Haidara.

    He was fine injury wise until McManamanamanan kneecaped him.

  • chicousa

    Aug 11, 2016 at 1:42 AM

    Comment #9

    Here is another for your Taylor Suite Member’s list:
    Curtis Good

  • MadisonToon

    Aug 11, 2016 at 3:30 AM

    Comment #10

    This is a risk, but one worth taking IMO. A five year contract is long and if he ends up being a consistent part of the Taylor Suite, then it’s money lost.

    However, he hasn’t proven to be as good as his potential so he isn’t likely to be on very high wages, likely 10-20kpw I would guess.

    If he does come good and realize some of his potential, then this early five year contract will look an extremely savvy move. Time will tell, but I’m optimistic on this one.

  • chicousa

    Aug 11, 2016 at 3:46 AM

    Comment #11

    Actually the number of games Aarons was unavailable for last season was only 14 games, which is far fewer than in the 2014/2015 season, where he missed 34 matches! So perhaps the trend is looking favorable and he is making a move to get out of the “Taylor Suite Membership”? 🙂

    Here is the source on games missed:

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 11, 2016 at 6:09 AM

    Comment #12

    I could kick myself for not seeing this before BandB pointed it out for me. I knew something wasn’t quite right about the way you, Cyprus and Mag52 have been on Rafas case from the start. It’s so bleeding obvious, you are all still miffed over that bang average manager we had who got far too much abuse on here and have decided to get your own back on fans favourite Rafa Benitez. Tit for tat. It all makes sense now!

  • Fostino

    Aug 11, 2016 at 7:20 AM

    Comment #13


    He’s still only 19. Bags of talent. How could you not as a fan see the potential and not be excited by this. Would you rather he left gor nothing. With a run of games i dont think anyone would ne sutprised if he had himself a couple of goals. He needs to work on assists. Are you really that miserable

  • martoon

    Aug 11, 2016 at 7:24 AM

    Comment #14

    Munster @7 – Are you kidding – you can criticise Dummett for a few things but he is not slow in fact wasn’t he shown to be one of the quickest defenders in the premiership in some stat based article last season?

  • Jib

    Aug 11, 2016 at 7:37 AM

    Comment #15

    325 days lost in 2 years 4 months is a lot.
    Some of the games he supposedly missed he may not have been in contention for.
    The club now has a formidable medical team , so I guess the lad wouldn’t have offered him a 5 year deal , unless they were happy his injury issues are behind him.

  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 11, 2016 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #16

    Does the Taylor Suit have its own flag?!!

  • Jib

    Aug 11, 2016 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #17

    Fostino // Aug 11, 2016 at 7:20 AM

    Are you really that miserable


    I think you know the answer.

    A “fan” who thinks it amusing to list young men with injury issues and brands them members of the “Taylor Suite” does leave one wondering .

  • jimmysmith

    Aug 11, 2016 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #18

    Dummett isn’t slow, although it’s rather moot whether he is or isn’t, since he really shouldn’t be in the team anyway, and I think the imminent arrival of Galloway suggests Rafa agrees, but neither is Janmaat, in fact, as a result of his height as much as anything I suppose, he covers ground rapidly and rarely stops covering it, so good is his engine.

    Hanley is pretty slow I suspect, given he’s such a burly fellow, but Mbemba isn’t, nor Lascelles or Clark.

    Shelvey isn’t fast, nor Mitrovic particularly, although neither overly needs to be, having other strings to their bows, but other than those three, I don’t think we want for pace at all, although that Fulham 11 certainly lacked in a number of areas mainly due to selection. Anita of course won’t ever trouble a fullback for pace beyond the first few yards. Dummett just makes up the numbers when he crosses the halfway line. Ritchie, Perez and Gayle comprise a very lightweight forward line and Hanley looked to me probably what he is, a capable understudy.

    Fortunately though, as the side beds in, we are most unlikely to see that 11 take the pitch again.

  • jimmysmith

    Aug 11, 2016 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #19

    Colback also looked somewhat bewildered by the role he was being asked to play, or like a man who knew he was about to lose his place no matter what he did and so played with feet of clay.


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