The Mail is reporting that Newcastle have extended Gateshead-born Dan Barlaser’s contract after his impressive season on loan at League One Rotherham.
Barlaser made 35 appearances with 2 goals and 5 assists for the Millers this past season. His performances, especially since he got a consistent run of games starting in November, propelled Rotherham up the League One table to the second spot when the league was suspended due to the coronavirus.
Dan suffered a frightening ankle injury at Coventry in February that forced him to miss Rotherham’s two games before the pandemic halted the season. However, he was getting very close to a return to training in mid-March.
The 23-year-old has also been told that he will be part of Newcastle’s set up in pre-season. He’ll be given a chance to earn a place in the squad.
The playmaker has come on leaps and bounds over the past six months and was one of the best players in League One this past season.
This is what Craig Hope writes in his report:
Sources close to Newcastle who have tracked Barlaser’s progress say he is unrecognisable from the young player who last appeared for the first team in 2017 under Rafa Benitez.
Newcastle needs to give their local lads every chance to succeed if they are good enough. Barlaser looks to be a late bloomer and could be a bonus addition if he performs during the preseason.
Now, Newcastle must keep another local midfielder in Matty Longstaff at the club. Hopefully, Matty will see that his future is on Tyneside and not playing abroad in Italy.