Newcastle United have announced that Mace Goodridge will join them after his release from Manchester City.
The young defensive midfielder turns 17 in September and is one of 12 player that are being added to the Newcastle United Academy on a full-time basis.
The other 11 are all north east based and most have been training part-time with Newcastle, fitting in football sessions with their education.
The signing of Mace Goodridge continues Newcastle’s policy of picking up players discarded by other clubs to bulk up the numbers and quality of the Academy.
In 2014 Newcastle signed Stefan Broccoli after Arsenal didn’t offer him a deal, whilst last summer another Manchester City youngster, Gideon Adu-Peprah moved to St James Park when he was no longer wanted at the Etihad.
The most high profile one in recent years is Rolando Aarons who was released by Bristol City and joined Newcastle in 2012 at the age of 16.
Aarons of course showing a fair bit of promise in a very small number of first team appearances, as injuries have plagued his career so far.
Good luck to all 12 potential stars of the future who have signed up full-time at Newcastle:
Lewis Cass (defender)
Isaac Gamblin (defender)
Ollie Walters (defender)
Lewis Gibson (defender)
Kieren Aplin (midfielder)
Mace Goodridge (midfielder)
Matty Longstaff (midfielder)
Jack Robson (striker)
Kurtis Russell (striker)
Kelland Watts (striker)
Adam Wilson (striker)
Thomas Allan (striker)