Newcastle United have announced the signing of former Arsenal Academy midfielder Stan Flaherty on a scholarship contract. He was on trial at Newcastle in October.
?? The #NUFC Academy have signed youngster Stan Flaherty from Arsenal on a scholarship contract.
The 18-year-old central midfielder spent seven years at the Gunners' Academy before making the switch.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) January 25, 2020
A few weeks ago, the 18-year-old posted on his Instagram page that he was leaving Arsenal for a new challenge. He also posted a picture of him attending the match against Everton in December. So this doesn’t come as too big of a surprise that Newcastle United is where the midfielder has landed.
This is what the youngster had to say about his time on trial at the club and why he, ultimately, has chosen to join Newcastle:
“It was a good trial. I did a week’s training which was good, and then we played a match against Liverpool.
“The result didn’t go too well as we lost 3-0 but, overall, it was a good week for me as I really enjoyed it here, which is why I was happy to come back.
“My main position is central midfield but I can also play as a number ten and off the wing.
“When you come up here and you see the likes of Sean and Matty (Longstaff) in the first-team, that is a big plus because you think maybe one day that could be you.
“I just want to get playing now so I’m really looking forward to it.”
Stan will link up with the U-18s and could be available to make his debut today against Chelsea.
This is what Academy manager Joe Joyce had to say about the youngster:
“He’s really comfortable with the players already and he’s looking forward to getting started.
“He’s got good pedigree in terms of the time he’s spent with Arsenal and people we’ve spoken to there have given him really good commendations, so we’re excited about the prospect of getting him in the squad, along with Reagan Thomson who joined us last week.”
The hope was that Newcastle would bring in first-team additions as well as strengthen the Academy this month.
Well so far so good as we’ve brought in two players for the first team, Nabil Bentaleb and Valentino Lazaro, and both Reagan Thomson and Stan Flaherty for the Academy.
We are pleased that Stan is now a Magpie, and we hope he can progress over the next few years and make an impact in the Newcastle first team.