Steve Bruce has called up some youngsters to train with the first team. He’s brought Tom Allan back into the fold along with a couple of local lads who’ve spent the better part of this season out on loan in Kelland Watts and Dan Barlaser.
Both Allan and Watts can play a part if needed during this season’s final stretch though Barlaser is ineligible.
Tom Allan made his Newcastle debut earlier this season in the 4-1 FA Cup win against Rochdale, where he provided a lovely assist on Joelinton’s goal.
Due to the Premier League relaxing the rule on players playing for only two clubs in a season, Watts can provide cover if need be. The 20-year-old has had successful loan spells at Stevenage and Macclesfield, both in League Two.
As for the 23-year-old Dan Barlaser, he’s had an outstanding season for League One’s Rotherham. The EFL recently canceled the remaining seasons for both League One and Two, which has seen Rotherham, who were in second place, get promoted to the Championship.
There were reports recently that Barlaser would be given a chance to win a place in next season’s squad. Steve Bruce touched on that after yesterday’s 2-0 friendly win over Hull City.
The Shields Gazette have published the following comments from Newcastle’s head coach about the Gateshead born midfielder:
“I was going to have another look in pre-season. We don’t even know when the next pre-season is going to be. I think it’s an ideal time to bring him into the squad.
“I’ve never seen Barlaser play. He’s had good reports down at Rotherham. Let’s give him the opportunity to train with the players and be part of us going forward.”
Barlaser grew into one of the best midfielders in League One this past season. It all began when he started getting a consistent run in Paul Warne’s team in mid-November.
It’s good news that three local lads will be getting a long look by Bruce in training. Hopefully, they continue to impress and improve so they have a chance of a future at their hometown club.