A report in HITC has noted that Newcastle are tracking Carlisle center-back Jarrad Branthwaite. The link originated in Sunday’s print version of the Sun.
Branthwaite was born in Carlisle and has risen through the Academy, making his debut this year. The 17-year-old also entered the Carlisle record books this season by becoming their youngest goal scorer.
In their 3-1 loss at Morecambe in the Leasing.com Trophy, Branthwaite scored his debut goal for his local club. It was a game that Newcastle striker Elias Sorensen started and played the full ninety minutes in.
Elias Sorensen and Jarrad Branthwaite– celebrating Branthwaite’s debut goal
After that game, the 6’4″ defender was interviewed and spoke about the brewing interest in his services. This is what the youngster said as published in the News and Star.
“I don’t really take any notice of that sort of thing. I just concentrate on playing my own game and trying my best for the team to make sure we get the results.
“I do find it quite easy because I’m humble and I don’t get carried away.
“My family have all been great with me too, talking me through things and keeping my feet on the ground.”
Branthwaite has broken into Carlisle’s first-team this season despite just turning 17 this past June. He’s made a total of 10 appearances in all competitions and become one of their starting center-backs since mid-October.
The £1m rated youngster is also being watched by both Celtic and Rangers in Scotland as well as Southampton. His contract runs until 2021, but Carlisle have an option to extend it for another year.
He could be a decent youngster for Newcastle to add to their Academy ranks in January or even next summer. Though they’ll want to act fast, as we can see that £1m fee rising significantly the more Branthwaite plays.
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