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Two Local Academy Graduates To Get Huge Opportunity In Next Few Weeks

Gatehead-born Dan Barlaser turned 23 in January while he was on loan at Rotherham and he played 35 games for the newly promoted League One club.

With the league recently brought to an end, Rotherham were in second place behind Coventry City and are therefore automatically promoted.

The playoffs will now determine the other club to join the Championship next season.

But it will not be Sunderland, who finished in 8th place, one point behind the playoff places.

Barlaser had an excellent season following his previous season on loan at Accrington Stabley, where he played 45 games so he has been getting first-team experience over the last two seasons.

And Barlaser will join the first-team squad with Kell Watts through the end of this season.

This is what Steve Bruce has said on nufcTV about the 23-year-old old (shown above) who once played for Swallwell Juniors before joining Newcastle as a 9-year-old in 2006.

“The two lads on loan, in particular, I was going to have another look at in pre-season,”

“We don’t even know when the next pre-season is going to be so I think it’s an ideal time to bring them into the squad.”

“I’ve never seen Barlaser play – he’s had good reports down in Rotherham – so let’s give him the opportunity to come and train with the players and be a part of us going forward.”

“It’s a good chance to have a look at them. That’s what we’re doing as far as them two are concerned.”

” As I’ve said, they’ve both had successful loan spells out so let’s bring them in, have a look and see where they’re up to.”

The other player Steve is talking about is Kelland Watts, a 20-year-old defender who was born in Alnwick, and played 19 games on loan at Stevenage this season.

Watts (shown above playing for Stevenage)  started his career with Cramlington Juniors before joining Newcastle United’s Academy back in 2008 when he was just 9 years old.

Both lads will get a big opportunity in the coming weeks to show what they can do.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • AshLIE is a Joker

    Jun 15, 2020 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #1

    “Accrington Stabley”

    Nice one Ed, that’s class!

  • bettyswallocks

    Jun 15, 2020 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #2

    Geordietom………. You learn summert new every day. I had no idea Adolf was partial to a toke or a toot. Being that he was also Vegan, maybe he owned a camper van painted in pyschadelic colours , an emaciated dog and enjoyed listening to folk music.

    Seems like he had a fair bit in common with one or two on here.

  • geordietom

    Jun 15, 2020 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #3

    Betty’s …

    the whole of germany were on drugs during the war mate…

    they still have the pyschadelic camper van in a underground bunker they still revere it to this day not so sure about the dog though ( Blondi ) …

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 15, 2020 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #4


    If you insist on coming on here and talking about football and NUFC in particular I will have to request that you be removed.

  • bettyswallocks

    Jun 15, 2020 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #5

    Geordie…….. What drugs were they on?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 15, 2020 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #6

    Lots of different armies used/use pep pills. The Burmese army used methamphetamine which has ended up causing a major drug problem in neighbouring Thailand.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 15, 2020 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #7


    That semillon joke still cracks me up. Are you still in Dar es salaam? Have you been to Moshe and Mosoma at all?
    I was born in Moshe and my brothers in Dar and Mosoma and the family came back to the UK in the late 60’s. What’s Tanzania like these days?

  • geordietom

    Jun 15, 2020 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #8

    Rotonda heights…


  • geordietom

    Jun 15, 2020 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #9

    Betty’S …

    they were on Methamphetamine’s mate …

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 15, 2020 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #10

    Sheff Utd have no injuries at all, how many minutes does Lord Lundstram get is the question?

  • Anglo Saxon

    Jun 15, 2020 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #11

    Betty, Ringtons tea a strong diuretic. 20 cups a day whoa.

  • geordietom

    Jun 15, 2020 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #12

    i’m pretty sure that the yanks and the british armys were using drugs during the war to keep them going during combat … bit in here about drugs in ww2…


  • Jib

    Jun 15, 2020 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #14

    The amphetamine Benzedrine, was given to German paratroopers before the Nazi invasion of Crete in 1941
    NZ troops commented on the green pallor of some of the dead Germans they found.
    There are stories of them being so high on Bennies that some of them jumped without parachutes

  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 15, 2020 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #15


    Not sure if that was in jest or not, but Hitler wasn’t a vegan. He avoided meat for the most part, but he wasn’t even a strict vegetarian. If he were alive today he would be considered a “meat reducer” or “flexitarian”. He regularly consumed eggs and did not avoid dairy, and was also known to eat things like ham, caviar and liver dumplings.

  • Bladey

    Jun 15, 2020 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #16

    Most of you lot are on medication the majority for arthritis
    Heard you will soon be put out your misery as the consensus of opinion is the w t o have convinced the premier league to block the takeover
    So you better prey big andy signs a contract extension
    Wouldn’t it be exciting if crouchy did sign what an attack that would be

  • geordietom

    Jun 15, 2020 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #17

    Moving into the operational context, exploring the history of drugs and warfare enables us to engage in acts of historical recovery while contributing to and nuancing the existing historiography. In the case of amphetamines, the British army’s use of the drug compliments recent historiography that characterises the organisation as pursuing a firepower- and technology-heavy approach to warfare shaped by manpower limitations and concerns about the morale of its personnel.[10] Although not without risks or limitations, amphetamines were used by the British army from the North African campaign in 1942 through to the fighting in North-West Europe in 1944/5. As Nicholas Rasmussen argues, the effects of amphetamines, although highly subjective, appealed to commanders such as Montgomery because the ‘consciousness-altering properties’ of the drug ‘made men fight harder, and the men liked it’.[11] In other words, when facing problems with morale and the need to protect an increasingly precarious source of manpower, the British army turned to a pharmacological technology, which sustained wakefulness and provided a subjective boost to wellbeing, to help maintain the fighting abilities of its personnel. In many respects, we could cautiously consider amphetamines as a psychoactive component of Montgomery’s ‘colossal cracks’ doctrine. Similar pressures, including manpower limitations, continue into the modern context, and the armed forces of the United States are at the forefront of efforts to use a range of ‘pharmacological countermeasures’ to assist their personnel in managing and mitigating the effects of operating in a 24/7/365 environment

  • The Hit Man & Her

    Jun 15, 2020 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #18

    There were so many jokes in “if Hitler was alive today…” I couldn’t pick one ha ha.

  • geordietom

    Jun 15, 2020 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #19

    Towards the end of his life, Adolf Hitler (1889–1945) followed a vegetarian diet. It is not clear when or why he adopted it, since some accounts of his dietary habits prior to the Second World War indicate that he consumed meat as late as 1937. By 1938, Hitler’s public image as a vegetarian was already being fostered, and from 1942, he self-identified as a vegetarian. Personal accounts from people who knew Hitler and were familiar with his diet indicate that he did not consume meat as part of his diet during this period, with several contemporaneous witnesses—such as Albert Speer (in his memoirs, Inside the Third Reich)—noting that Hitler used vivid and gruesome descriptions of animal suffering and slaughter at the dinner table to try to dissuade his colleagues from eating meat. An examination of Hitler’s remains carried out by French scientists in 2017 found no traces of meat fibre in the tartar on Hitler’s teeth.

    Some modern-day analyses have speculated that Hitler’s vegetarianism may have been for health reasons due to Richard Wagner’s historical theories, or even a psychological reaction to his niece’s death rather than a commitment to animal welfare. In contrast, several eyewitness sources maintain Hitler was a vegetarian because of his concern for animal suffering, noting that he was often distressed by images of animal cruelty and suffering, and was an antivivisectionist….

    kev …

  • Mag2grid

    Jun 15, 2020 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #20

    Pretty sure it’s well known Hitler became a Vegan?

    Must have been taught wrong all my life…


  • geordietom

    Jun 15, 2020 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #21

    bus …

  • bettyswallocks

    Jun 15, 2020 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #22

    Rotunda…….. Yeah I’m still in Dar. Never been to Moshi as I would have to take up the challenge of going up Kilimanjaro and I’m ower fat so not a good idea for the ticker with the high humidity.

    I love Dar and the life here especially as things are opening up again and it’s the cool season now so very agreeable climate. The president keeps a tight grip on things here so it’s not as wild as West Africa but still plenty craic to be found .


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