We reported this morning that Newcastle were close to signing 20 year former Arsenal center-back Stefan O’Connor, who was released last month by the Gunners.
And would you believe it but Newcastle have announced the signing of two young center-backs – with the other one being 19 year-old center-back Josef Yarney from Everton.
Yarney has recently been released by Everton, but Rafa Benitez seems to like the look of both these young players and that’s good enough for us.
Both will be part of Peter Beardsley’s U23 squad for the coming season and will have a chance to quickly prove themselves at Newcastle United.
20 year-old Stefan O’Connor from Arsenal and 19 year-old Josef Yarney from Everton
Cheer up lads you’ll enjoy it at Newcastle
Here’s what is on the Everton website about Yarney:
Defender Josef Yarney signed scholarship forms at Everton in the summer of 2014, having already been at the Club for a number of years.
Comfortable on the ball, the tall teenager went into the Under-18s group for the 2014/15 campaign.
He left the Blues upon the expiration of his contract on 1 July 2017.
And here’s some very good information about the two youngsters put out on the Newcastle web-site today:
Stefan O’Connor is a central defender and said to be comfortable at both center-back and right-back and has represented England U-17’s, making just one senior appearance for Arsenal.
He came on for the final 13 minutes in their 4-1 away win against Galatasaray in the 2014 Champions League group stages. (note: would you he replaced former Newcastle right-back Mathieu Debuchy).
19-year-old Yarney is also primarily a center-back and progressed through the ranks at Everton before being released this summer.
O’Connor, 20, and Yarney, 19, have both put pen to paper on contracts at St. James’ Park, and will link up with Peter Beardsley and Ben Dawson’s U23s squad.
London-born center half O’Connor joins the Magpies after leaving Arsenal in the summer, where he had spent seven years since signing from Crystal Palace.
Yarney is also a defender, and arrives on Tyneside after leaving Everton earlier in the summer.
While at Goodison Park, the Liverpool-born youngster progressed through the ranks to second-string level, making three appearances for the Toffees’ U23s side in the Checkatrade Trophy last term.”
He featured once as a trialist for the Magpies’ Under-23s last season, coming on as a substitute during their final Premier League 2 game of the season, a 2-0 victory at Middlesbrough in April.”
Both players have begun pre-season training with the rest of United’s development squad at the Little Benton Academy, and could feature when the U23s travel to Darlington for their first pre-season friendly on Monday, 17th July.”
Meanwhile, United have received international clearance for fellow youngsters Juanito and Tyrique Bartlett.
These are important signings for the cub and we only need one or two top youngsters to come through to the first team squad every couple of years and things will have paid off big time.
Rafa is very keen to get a good stream of players coming through at Newcastle, much like he set up at Liverpool where the Liverpool youth sides and reserve sides were top teams when Rafa was on Merseyside for six years from 2004.
Good news today about these newly signed youngsters and also good news to get International clearance for Juanito and Tyrique Bartlett.
Now to get first team players through the door!