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18-Year-Old Lewis Hall Signs On Loan With Obligation To Buy – I Am Honored To Wear The Shirt – His First Interview

Lewis Hall has been signed on a season-long loan with Newcastle and we have an obligation to buy the player for £28M, plus £7M add-ons next summer, depending on how well Hall and Newcastle do in subsequent seasons.

Lewis seems like a lovely, ambitious lad with his feet firmly on the ground.

This boy can become another great player at Newcastle over the next decade or so – and it’s another great signing by our recruitment team.

This is what the 18-year-old said on signing for the club he has supported, with his father having been born and bred in Newcastle:

“I’m very proud. Me and my family are Newcastle fans, and for me and my brother growing up, it was drilled into us that we were Newcastle. It’s a big club and I can’t wait to get started.”

“I got a lot of experience last year in some big fixtures and I was really proud of the way I progressed as a player and a person.”

“To now be here at Newcastle, the club that I’ve supported since I was a kid, I’m honored and very proud to wear this shirt.”

“It’s very exciting. When you look back on last season and the way the team performed – not just the results, but the performances the team were putting in – it was amazing.”

“There’s so many talented players and we’ve got the Champions League now as well so there’s many different competitions that I know the team will be wanting to do well in, and hopefully get a trophy or two as well.”

This is what Newcastle United head coach, Eddie Howe, said about his new player:

“I’m delighted to welcome Lewis to Newcastle United.”

“He is a player we have tracked closely, as have a number of clubs, so it’s very pleasing to secure him and to add a player of his quality, versatility and high potential to our squad.”

“I’d like to thank everyone involved for their tireless work to bring in the players we have.”

“A lot of time, effort, and resource goes into a transfer window, but we have a real togetherness at all levels here and I appreciate that teamwork and support.”

This may be our last signing of this summer, but I have a feeling we could bring in one more first-team player before the transfer window slams shut.

Hope so!

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191 comments so far

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Aug 22, 2023 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #81

    Lesh – you’re preaching to the converted there. Most of our holidays are like that. But every couple of years we’ve had an activity holiday with Neilson (tried Mark Warner once and Club Magic Life once too). Sailing, kayaking, tennis, cycling, yoga etc and on half board. We do take some trips outside of the resort but the main attraction is the activities. Went to Croatia a couple of months ago and just rented an apartment and did our own thing completely.

    Only resorts we stay in are the activity sorts.

  • A Geordie Mongrel

    Aug 22, 2023 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #82

    Mund @70, Cleveleysbob @72, CH @73, I agree with all that. Trust in Eddie, trust the system.

    Has there been any update on Big Joe’s injury?

  • DrGloom

    Aug 22, 2023 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #83

    Agree with FtC – A season and a half ago we were staring relegation in the face – look how far we’ve come in that short time … beggars belief that some fans are now feeling entitled and acting that we should be able to produce 10/10 performances every game – players tried their best at the weekend, sometimes it doesn’t go your way – move on, we’ll win more than we lose and we’ll always try to win

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Aug 22, 2023 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #84

    DrGloom – some of us have been warning that some fans were starting to sound entitled and we were accused of being alarmist. Now we lose a tight game to the best team in the world and it’s even worse, albeit from a very small minority of the fan base I’m sure.

    I think it’s that zero or hero thing that is prevalent in football fans though…especially some passionate Toon fans.

  • The Taco Taker

    Aug 22, 2023 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #85

    From NUFC.co.uk:

    Newcastle United can confirm that eight teenagers have signed scholarships at the club’s Academy for the 2023/24 season.

    The young players will join the Magpies on a full-time basis having left school in the summer.

    Aidan Harris, Anthony Munda, Joe Brayson, Thomas Bryant, Luke Craggs, Adam Harrison, Sean Neave and Logan Watts have all been offered scholarships at the Magpies’ youth set-up.

    Newcastle United can confirm 16-year-old midfielder Ollie Harrison, part of England’s under-16 side which won the Mondial Montiagu Tournament in April, has joined Chelsea on a scholarship agreement.

    Academy Director Steve Harper welcomes the new under-17 scholars and looks forward to working with them and helping them develop over the next two years.

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Aug 22, 2023 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #86

    Taco – thank you, that’s some good sharing of news that some of us are unlikely to see otherwise!

  • The Taco Taker

    Aug 22, 2023 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #87

    Yep, good news and all local lads too.

  • A Geordie Mongrel

    Aug 22, 2023 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #88

    2 years at Chelsea might well see a developing Ollie Harrison realise there is no route to the first team. Who he signs his first pro contract with could be interesting.

  • The Taco Taker

    Aug 22, 2023 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #89

    Here is another piece of news (although he apparently joined in July):

    Kamil Potrykus has joined Newcastle United.

    The former assistant manager of the Polish national team and chief performance analyst at Legia Warsaw, is loving the new challenge.

    Kamil Potrykus saying that currently, his primary responsibility in his new job at Newcastle United is ‘actively supporting the recruitment department in the selection of players for the first-team level.’

    The 38 year old has been speaking to Forbes about his new role at Newcastle United:

    “I’m delighted to be here, I have great first impressions.

    “Newcastle Upon Tyne is renowned for the warmth of its people, its industrial legacy, and vibrant culture.

    “Yet, for someone like me, Newcastle’s essence is perhaps best encapsulated by its football club. The sheer history, the awe-inspiring St. James’ Park with its 52,000 seats and the incredible supporters of the club.

    “After nearly a decade working alongside manager Czes?aw Michniewicz, and achieving practically everything possible in Poland as an assistant manager and head of analysis, I felt it was the right moment to put my expertise to the test.

    “Despite Michniewicz’ offer of further collaboration and an opportunity from Saudi Arabia, I yearned to challenge myself in one of the most competitive leagues, the Premier League.

    “For months, I went through an intricate recruitment journey at NUFC.

    I was meticulously assessed by a diverse group of professionals, including members from the HR department, the Head of Recruitment, and the Sporting Director. Every phase of this process was thorough, reflecting the club’s commitment to excellence.

    “While there was interest from several other Premier League clubs, the professionalism and family atmosphere at Newcastle ultimately influenced my decision to officially join the Club at the start of July, marking the beginning of an exciting new chapter in my career.

    “Newcastle United is an incredible football club and I’m delighted to be joining at this very exciting time. I would like to sincerely thank the Club for their trust in making me part of a team that is helping the club grow and achieve long-term success.

    “We are embarking on an exciting Premier League and Champions League season ahead.”

  • A Geordie Mongrel

    Aug 22, 2023 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #90

    While we’re talking about the youngsters. Minteh is at Feyenoord who are in CL pot 1. If we get drawn in the same group do we let him play? (If selected).

    I say yes, especially at SJP. Let him experience SJP at its best. Thoughts anyone?

  • lesh

    Aug 22, 2023 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #91


    Good to read that you’re a convert to independent travel where the experience is based on going native, where possible and practicable.

    It’s the only way to do it


    Aug 22, 2023 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #92

    Snide anti-social me-me-media in a nutshell.

    Some people need to take a long hard look at themselves.

    Man, here we are, less than 2 years into a whole ‘nuther world…and guess what?
    Entitled crap!


  • The Taco Taker

    Aug 22, 2023 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #93

    Jesus, The Mag does not understand the CL pots, but posts a half-arsed article anyway:


    – Feyenoord are in pot 1 (not “pot 1 or 3”) as the next highest ranking league winners since Citeh can’t occupy two places from winning the PL and CL. This has been clear ever since the CL final.
    – Because the don’t understand the above they have not included Inter Milan in Pot 2, but they are in pot 2 (not “pot 1 or 2”)
    – This then leads them to think that Shaktar could be in pot 2 or 3 which is also wrong – they are in pot 3.
    – Since the haven’t worked out the permutations of the remaining games they think NUFC could be in pot 3 or 4. Wrong! NUFC are guaranteed to be in pot 4 now.

    Bloody amateurs.


    Aug 22, 2023 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #94


    Gerrem telt!


  • Swablr

    Aug 22, 2023 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #95

    Jail, just as an aside, are you doing the GNR this year?

  • The Taco Taker

    Aug 22, 2023 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #96

    I don’t think he can play. I think it is the default in both contracts and against rules now (I know you can’t in the PL and pretty sure the same is true in UEFA competitions now too)


    Aug 22, 2023 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #97

    Welcome to the Toon Lewis!


  • The Taco Taker

    Aug 22, 2023 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #98

    It does my head in, that is twice just in the last week that either a local rag (Shields Gazette) or a site like the Mag have written crappy articles on stuff I have covered on here and on both occasions I did if first and I got it right. The actually get money for their inaccurate drivel.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 22, 2023 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #99

    With Hall signing
    Could we have a totally different team by end of season
    Lavramento, Botman, Burn, Hall
    Longstaff, Tonali, Miley, Anderson
    Gordon, Isak

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Aug 22, 2023 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #100

    I am indeed, running officially for the SBR in my blue and white vest 🙂

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Aug 22, 2023 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #101

    Macallistar red overturned, from what I heard on planet FPL I thought it would be 😕

  • A Geordie Mongrel

    Aug 22, 2023 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #102

    According to the BBC Mac Allister’s red has been overturned. I haven’t watched the highlights yet but VAR had a look and didn’t overturn it. Just what rules are we playing to?

  • jimiley

    Aug 22, 2023 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #103

    Choosing a 17 year old over Bruno? Are you sure?
    His form is off but he will come good soon

  • A Geordie Mongrel

    Aug 22, 2023 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #104

    Cheers Taco, I didn’t know the Euro rules on it.

    …and Jail wins fastest finger first! 😆

  • The Taco Taker

    Aug 22, 2023 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #105

    AGM, to be fair I have not checked the UEFA rule on that but I know you can’t in the PL and aside from that NUFC would know Feyenoord were guaranteed to be in the CL before we agreed the loan so I can’t realistically think he can play against us for one reason or another.

  • Flurzinho

    Aug 22, 2023 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #106

    How many favours have the “Sinister Six” had so far this season?

    It is quite sickening, oh they have been stood down,it was a mistake,VAR did not see it.

    Absolutely disgusting!

  • scott

    Aug 22, 2023 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #107

    So with the MacAlister red being overturned will that mean both last week’s referee & the VAR team will be stepped down this weekend?

    Hmmmm I wonder! 😉

  • valle

    Aug 22, 2023 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #108

    How on earth was that red card decision bad enough to be overturned? It looked pretty similar to the one Bruno did against southampton as far as I recall. In any case, only a clear mistake should be overturned. The amount of cheating in favour of Liverpool and Man Utd that your media simply just ignores is amazing.

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Aug 22, 2023 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #109

    Did Shearer not say it was never a red?

  • valle

    Aug 22, 2023 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #110

    It was one of those that could go either way, the pundits will always disagree on those. The Danish commentators saw it as a red once they saw it from the angle behind the players. The thing is, those kind of decisions are not usually overturned, only clear mistakes are.

  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Aug 22, 2023 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #111

    We will roll liVARpool over with or without Mac Allister it doesn’t matter that his red card was disgracefully turned over (did we expect anything else?). Our lads will be chomping at the bit in this game and we will put these scumbags to the sword at a bouncing SJP.

  • check the toastie

    Aug 22, 2023 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #112

    Was never a red card. So should be chalked off.

  • cyprus

    Aug 22, 2023 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #113

    Over-reaction re the City game.

    I don’t even want to think about what happens if we lose our next game.

    Hold your nerve lads and support the team.

    Remember, there will be setbacks. Lower your expectations.

    We aren’t going to win the league. Only the CL.

  • The Taco Taker

    Aug 22, 2023 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #114

    Most people (outside of here) did not think it was a red. Liverpool appealed it because they thought they would win the appeal, if they had lost the appeal then it could have been considered to be a frivolous appeal in which case another game would have been added to the ban.

    It is not a conspiracy just cos the decision did not work in our favour.

    If it was Tonali in the same boat on a highly questionable red would you expect NUFC to appeal it?

  • Dingo®

    Aug 22, 2023 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #115

    If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
    If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;
    If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
    Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

    If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
    If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;
    If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
    Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

    If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
    And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
    If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
    And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

    If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
    If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
    If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
    Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

  • valle

    Aug 22, 2023 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #116

    I should mention that one of the commentators were Jan Mølby

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Aug 22, 2023 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #117

    The lad on a podcast I listen to, as I said he has an encyclopedic knowledge of football, Spurs fan and no lover of Lpool at all said it was never a red and has a good chance of being overturned.

  • Davas

    Aug 22, 2023 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #118

    Now there’s VAR, clubs shouldn’t be allowed to appeal red cards, IMO

  • Flurzinho

    Aug 22, 2023 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #119

    When does the re-refereeing of a game stop?

    When the “Sinister Six” are happy with the outcome?


  • A Geordie Mongrel

    Aug 22, 2023 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #120

    Cheers Dingo, that’s a good ‘n. A nice piece of perspective. 🙂


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