Newcastle’s 17-year-old midfielder Joe White signed his first professional contract on Monday.
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The youngster recently joined Newcastle from the Carlisle youth ranks and has made quite an impression. He is now a regular in the Under-23s and even received a call-up to train with the first team in August.
Newcastle Academy manager made the following comments to nufc.co.uk about this excellent news:
“I’m delighted we’ve been able to offer Joe his first professional contract. His progress and performances have thoroughly warranted it.
“He’s performed consistently well at under-18 level and he’s also had opportunities with the under-23s, as well as training with the first team.
“He’s a very level-headed individual and I would expect this to inspire him to continue his good work, and hopefully he’ll be recognized on the international stage sooner rather than later.”
That’s some high praise from Joyce for the youngster who only just turned seventeen last month. White is another young midfielder who could follow in the footsteps of the Longstaff brothers over the next few years if he continues to develop.
Speaking in his first ever interview to nufc.co.uk, White was thrilled with signing his first professional deal for Newcastle:
“I’m absolutely delighted to have signed. It’s something I’ve been aiming to achieve since I’ve been here at Newcastle and it’s something I’ve worked extremely hard for as well.
“And it’s a proud moment for my family as well – they’ve done so much for me and I’m so grateful to them for that.”
The midfielder also provided some insight into what type of player he hopes to become for Newcastle:
“I think my main strengths are my dribbling and passing range. I’m a creative player who loves to help the team with both goals and assists.
“I still know I need to work on every aspect of my game, and I work as hard as I can in training to do so, but heading especially is something I’d like to work on and hopefully if I focus on trying better improve myself in this, I can better myself as a player,”
Well, we’ll have to get the young lad in contact with Alan Shearer for some heading lessons in the near future. In the meantime, he can get with the Newcastle center-backs who have scored three headers in the last two games.
We hope that the youngster can continue to develop with the Under-18s and Under-23s this year. Maybe next year he can get some more time with the first team in training as he continues to develop into a top prospect for Newcastle.