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Report – Newcastle To Give Local Playmaker A Chance To Win Squad Place Next Season

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.

32 comments so far

  • G

    Jun 8, 2020 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #1

    There is a Rotherham fan in the building I work in. He agrees, that at first DB was average looking at best. Now he insists he’s the best player in the Division.

  • toon22

    Jun 8, 2020 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #3

    The usual JIB
    Desperately defending the turd

  • Jib

    Jun 8, 2020 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #5

    Nope – actually
    looking for signs he may have handed over the keys to the castle

  • Jib

    Jun 8, 2020 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #6

    I think Maxi has suffered a little bit of linguistic confusion
    He says the fans cry a lot
    French for “To Shout” = Crier

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 8, 2020 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #7


    Have to admit I wasn’t impressed with him the few times I’d seen but it looks like he’s upped his game, let’s hope we do have another rising star in the the offing.

  • Northumbrian

    Jun 8, 2020 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #8

    Jerome slew who scored a worldly in the fa cup is out of contract I wonder if we will be associated with him?.

  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 8, 2020 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #9

    Jib, repost from previous:

    So let me get this right, you think that the club’s accounts have been frozen, which would mean that staff and suppliers would not be getting paid, but not a single one of those individuals has decided to leak this information to the press?

    If this was happening it would affect too many other businesses, and one of them would have let the cat out the bag by now, as none of them will want to sit around and wait for months on end without payment. Remember that the documents were supposed to have been submitted to the PL back in March, so that would mean staff and suppliers would have been waiting for 10 weeks for payment.

    Statutory employment law states that businesses have 28 days to make repayment of outstanding invoices from the date they are received, so the club would already be well overdue and would be left wide open to legal action, as well as having recovery charges and interest (at 8% above the Bank of Englans’s base rate for business to business transactions) thrown in on top of their outstanding debts.

    The PL will not force clubs into a position where staff and suppliers are not being paid, and unpaid staff and suppliers will speak out.

    Sorry to say it, but I think you’re looking to make excuses for the club here for behaviour that is outright inexcusable. Refusing these refunds is basically theft. Every other club has communicated with its fans, while ours are left in the dark. It is a disgrace.

  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 8, 2020 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #10

    Northumbrian, (repost again, missed the bus by a long way here)

    The way law works is that any exceptions have to be explicitly put in writing. The fact that this is not worded in a way that makes explicit exceptions in the event of a pandemic means it still applies currently.

  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 8, 2020 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #11

    Last repost, I promise…


    This would fall under “goods and services” (more specifically, it is a “service” in the eyes of the law). Even if it were a straight contract law issue, the club would still have a legal requirement to meet the terms of that contract. The service as advertised included access to 19 home premier league matches, which has not been delivered. Under contract law, any failure to meet a contractual obligation would also leave the club wide open to legal action.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 8, 2020 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #12

    Jib I did try as you suggested to suck my nose but I reckon it’s a physical impossibility much the same as scratching one’s ear with the elbow.

    If it’s in your vast range of talents you could give a demonstration!

  • DaveD1000

    Jun 8, 2020 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #13

    Liverpool FC (at House building)
    Following the recent update outlining the ticket refund process ahead of the return of professional football, #LFC is now beginning the stage of returning payments to fans.

  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 8, 2020 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #14

    On Barlaser, why are we keeping him? I’m amazed he’s still contracted to the club having never broken into the first team. At 23 years old he should be strolling through league one sides if he’s going to be ready for the prem next season. Being a big hit at Rotherham would be quite impressive if he was 17/18 years old, but at 23 he should be doing this in the championship or lower end of the prem if he’s got a future at the top of the sport.

  • DubaiMicky

    Jun 8, 2020 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #15

    KV,we read it once and ignored it, reposts are more “Look at me, look at me, I know stuff and it’s important YOU know what I know”.


  • Jib

    Jun 8, 2020 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #16

    Kevin many moons ago I worked in Lloyds Bank Grey Street which
    at that time used have NUFC’s account (I think they are with Barclays now)
    Even all that time ago they had loads of different accounts for different parts
    of the clubs functions.
    They definitely had a Season Ticket account that was completely separate.
    I’m not looking to make excuses for the club
    I stated ages ago
    The only club not to give refunds
    The only club being bought
    Perhaps not a coincidence

  • DaveD1000

    Jun 8, 2020 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #17

    Bill isn’t it about time you burnt a few feathers or spirograph a few runes to get this takeover going?

  • The Hit Man & Her

    Jun 8, 2020 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #18

    “Jib Jun 8, 2020 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #111
    There are loads of reasons
    A simple one that springs to mind.
    Since 2017 the signatories and users of an account need to verify their tax residency and until such information is received the Tax authorities can order things put on hold”

    Jib, jib jib jib.

    IF the signatories could not verify their tax residency (the signatories could be entrusted legal parties already UK landed of course but let’s just forget that for the moment) that MIGHT be a hiccup for a new account but why would a foreign Jonny rock right up to Barclays saying they wanted to co-sign cheques without thinking about sorting that daft little legal road bump with their highly paid accountancy firm and legal reps first? You look for all the world like a wriggler.

    Don’t worry I won’t stoop to calling you a bull$£##@& £&#@ as you would normally do. 🙂

  • WLtoon

    Jun 8, 2020 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #19

    I would hang onto Barlasar for now, we may need all the FREE players we can get our hands on if this takeover goes on much longer, or even goes tits up, bcos put it this way, Ashley ain,t going to stump up any cash.

    Looks like i could be going back to work this month, and about time too.

  • The Hit Man & Her

    Jun 8, 2020 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #20

    Ah! So you did ALSO work in a bank! I just knew it! 😀 I always had you down as a banker jib.

  • IrishRob

    Jun 8, 2020 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #21

    The Wife, Neil,

    Is Ed after taking a turnor something? He went from posting more stories than Neil daily to nothing in almost a week, onto of this ye have been very quite on the blog yourselves the past week with very few stories compared to normal. It’s like he are busy with more important things.

    Is he ok like??

  • The Hit Man & Her

    Jun 8, 2020 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #22

    Job your posts usually come across formatted as haiku’s. You seem to like going full prose when you have to explain stuff in depth 🙂

  • IrishRob

    Jun 8, 2020 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #23

    I keep hitting send before I get a chance to correct errors, apologies, but I’m sure ye get what I meant.

  • The Hit Man & Her

    Jun 8, 2020 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #24

    Anyway I’ll leave it now let the little guy off the hook before I’m accused of bullying.

  • DaveD1000

    Jun 8, 2020 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #25

    Ed was due his mot I’m sure any news the fam want to share they will do in good time. Tho I have been thinking the same. Hope Ed is ok

  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 8, 2020 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #26


    I wasn’t sure if the people I was replying to would have seen the reply, so thought it was worth reposting. Plenty of others do the same. Others repost things repeatedly when they know full well we will have already all seen their comments in the past. This was a fresh discussion and I was interested in hearing answers.

  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 8, 2020 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #27


    So are you suggesting that they specifically just froze the account for season tickets? Why would that account get frozen, but not the other accounts? This still makes no sense to me. Can you explain why they would do this?

  • Jib

    Jun 8, 2020 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #28

    Kevin Vegan
    Because it’s affected by contract law and the ST holders are effectively
    contracting with a new party
    Jeez this is footing hard work

  • Northumbrian

    Jun 8, 2020 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #29

    Can’t believe how quiet the blog was at the weekend.

  • Northumbrian

    Jun 8, 2020 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #30

    Jib ever felt hounded?.

  • Northumbrian

    Jun 8, 2020 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #31

    Only 55 poor souls lost their lives yesterday. Its going in the right direction.


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