Newcastle United are preparing to offer a new contract to young striker Tom Heardman according to the Chronicle.

The 6ft 4 centre-forward has scored 3 goals in 7 reserve team appearances this season.

Heardman has spent time training with the first team this season and has commented about his future:

Speaking recently on his future, Heardman said:

“I have been training with the first team a few times so that’s given me a bit of confidence.

“When you play with the first team, you play with the best players so it gives you a bit of a push and a lift.

“I want to kick on, the play is so much faster and it helps you all the way.”

Obviously you wish all Newcastle’s players well, especially the younger ones, but you just worry that in the absence of buying players, we are going to see a rash of new contracts for younger players so the club have some ‘feel good’ stories to put out.

Tom Heardman turns twenty in September and hasn’t even been on the first team bench yet, so you have to question why, if he is going to be anywhere near the standard needed for the Premier League.

A bit like the situation with centre-back Remie Streete, he turns 21 in November and has never had a single minute of first team football, yet still gets described as ‘young/promising’.