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Newcastle Tie Down Local Defender On New 3-Year Deal

Kelland Watts has just signed a new three-year contract with Newcastle United. The versatile defender just turned 20 last week, and his old contract was due to expire this summer.

Watts is currently on a year-long loan at Stevenage in League 2. Kelland has had a very prosperous loan spell thus far, starting 13 games in the league with a total of 18 appearances overall.

One of the attributes to emerge at Stevenage is the versatility of the youngster. He was mainly deployed as a center-back last season at Newcastle, though he did play in the midfield on occasion.

This season Kelland has seen time in central midfield, right-back, and even as a left-sided midfielder. The 6’4″ local lad also started out as a striker at Newcastle before making the transition to the defense a few years ago.

While Kelland has been playing in a variety of positions for Stevenage, his future is most likely at center-back. Right now, he is just getting as much experience as he can in his first taste of senior level football.

This is what the Alnwick-born Watts had to say about signing his new deal for Newcastle:

“Signing my first professional contract was a dream come true – being at the club since I was eight and finally being able to say I was a professional at the club was one of my major targets – and to sign another professional contract for three years, I’m over the moon.

“But I know those years in football can go quick, so I think I’ve got to take every game, every training session, every day as it comes, not look too much into the future, and just give what I’ve got day by day.”

This is excellent news for the youngster who has been one of Newcastle’s few loan lads to get steady game time so far. Now let’s hope they get 19-year-old Matty Longstaff on a new contract as well.

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5 comments so far

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 7, 2019 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #1

    Fingers still not bleeding yet so repost as vowed.

    As promised, again

    Before i get into any trubble with the blog speling polyce I want to:-

    Get down on my knees, beat my head against the floor, beat myself with twigs, wear the itchiest hair shirt i can find, deprive myself of sleep, go shopping with the wife (mine), read the most boring bloggers assertions and complaints till my brain bursts apologise for any Typo’s I have ever made or will most certainly make in my comments.

    There hopefully that will spare me from getting abuse or criticism from certain moronic posters.

    Your’s in a true spirit of freindship and trust


  • cyprus

    Nov 7, 2019 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #2

    It is amazing that we have six CB’s who would have walked into any Newcastle team I can remember.

    (p.s. I’m 12)

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 7, 2019 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #3

    Congratulations Kelland it looks like the academy is producing some real prospects at last.

    Genjikai, Kelland is an unusual name whats the story behind it?

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 7, 2019 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #4


    Are you saying you’re 12 years old, if so how long have you been supporting the Toon, even Collocini might be a stretch to far back for you.

  • Genjikai

    Nov 7, 2019 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #5

    Howay the Lad.


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