A Newcastle player has been told off for working too hard on the training pitch.

You may not be surprised to learn that the player in question isn’t one of those who embarrassed themselves and the football club on Saturday.

Instead it is actually a Newcastle player out on loan who got warned by the management for spending too much time trying to improve his game.

Shane Ferguson scored twice for Millwall in their 4-1 win against Colchester on Saturday as well as delivering some great balls into the box.

However, the midfielder who is in the last year of his Newcastle contract, has revealed that Millwall manager Neil Harris recently sent one of his coaching staff out to drag the on-loan Ferguson off the training pitch.

The player saying that he has been putting in the extra hours because ‘…you always want to better yourself and push yourself as much as you can’.

Shane Ferguson was never good enough for the Premier League but good luck to him as he does his best to establish himself away from Newcastle.

He wasn’t alone obviously in attracting blame but it is hard not to compare Ferguson’s attitude with that of Aleksandar Mitrovic who was shocking on Saturday, with even Steve McClaren saying that the fastest the striker moved all day was when he was substituted.

Shane Ferguson:

“I have been working hard in training with my finishing.

“I practice a lot of free-kicks and corners because you always want to better yourself and push yourself as much as you can.

“I got told off a couple of weeks ago because I was out there too long.

“Everyone was in, I was the only one outside.

“We had a game the next day and I was probably doing too much before a game so one of the staff said ‘come on we have to go in now, stop doing what you’re doing’. So I got chucked off!”