A couple of weeks ago it was reported that former Newcastle midfielder Callum Roberts had earned a trial with League One club Rotherham United.
Roberts, who was released from Newcastle this summer, had just scored a hat-trick with Blyth Spartans the day before the news broke. He had joined Blyth on a non-contract in late August.
? Which of these Callum Roberts' goals from Saturday was your favourite? Vote below ?
— Blyth Spartans (@Blyth_Spartans) September 30, 2019
However, Callum never made it to Rotherham due to an illness. Yesterday, their manager Paul Warne indicated that he was still willing to take a look at the 22-year-old.
Apparently, Newcastle’s Dan Barlaser, who is on loan at Rotherham, had suggested Roberts to his manager leading to the proposed trial.
Speaking to the Rotherham Advertiser, Paul Warne had this to say about his understanding of the situation with Callum Roberts:
“He’s had tonsillitis, he’s had something else. He was brought to our attention, He’s doing quite well at Blyth Spartans. Dan asked if we would have a look at him. We have a pretty open-door policy here so we didn’t mind.
“For now, we haven’t been able to make it work. Callum hasn’t been fit or well. Until he contacts us, nothing is occurring. The door is still open but at the moment I don’t see anything happening.”
However, Callum Roberts has decided to forego the trial with Rotherham and continue under former-Magpie Lee Clark. Late yesterday evening, Blyth Spartans announced that Roberts had signed a contract with them.
? Callum Roberts has tonight signed a contract with Blyth Spartans!
— Blyth Spartans (@Blyth_Spartans) October 10, 2019
Roberts has been outstanding for Blyth since joining them. He has scored 9 goals in 9 appearances. His signing will provide a sigh of relief for Lee Clark as he looks to drag Blyth out of the National League North cellar.