Three of Newcastle’s best young players – all 19 years old – England U21 goalkeeper Freddie Woodman, North Shields born forward Callum Roberts and South Shields born central midfielder Sean Longstaff are off to play in the Scottish Premier League for the rest of the season with former Newcastle player and coach Lee Clark, who is now the manager of Kilmarnock.
Kilmarnock are currently in 10th position of the 12 Scottish Premier League clubs, so they can do with some help for the rest of the season and it’s a great opportunity for the trio of young Newcastle players.
Sean Longstaff, Callum Roberts and goalkeeper Freddie Woodman
This is what Newcastle put out on the web-site about the youngsters:
“United youngsters Sean Longstaff, Callum Roberts and Freddie Woodman have all joined Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock on loan until the end of the season.”
“Managed by former Magpies midfielder Lee Clark, Killie currently sit tenth in the standings – though they are only three points shy of the top half.”
“Longstaff is the leading marksman for Peter Beardsley’s second-string this term, with ten goals to his name in all competitions.”
“For Woodman, it is the third loan move of his career so far, the ‘keeper having previously enjoyed spells with Hartlepool United and Crawley Town.”
“Roberts, meanwhile – who spent a short period with Gateshead during the 2014/15 campaign – has netted six times in his last nine appearances for Beardsley’s side.”
“That included a first half winner in Saturday’s Premier League 2 Division Two clash against Brighton & Hove Albion at Little Benton.”
“The trio could make their competitive bow for Killie when Hamilton Academical visit Rugby Park in the Scottish Cup later this month.”
It’s a really good opportunity for the three youngsters, who are three of our best and brightest.