Newcastle’s new signing Isaac Hayden is feeling the positives of joining Newcastle United.

Featuring in all three friendlies so far, the midfielder (can also play centre-back) feels steady progression after 45 minutes in each game.

Arsene Wenger admitted that he’d felt he had to let Isaac Hayden go because he was at a stage where he needed regular football to progress, with the Gunners unable to supply it.

Newcastle fans appear to have taken to the player after some wholehearted performances and the player is loving it at his new club.

Tuesday night sees Hayden return to the club where it all started, playing in the under 9s at Southend, a return visit he is looking forward to making.

Isaac Hayden speaking to NUFC TV:

“A dominant display (v Sporting Lokeren), pressed them very well, kept the ball moving quickly one and two touch – and broke them down relatively easily.

“Good scoreline (4-0 – watch the goals here) and good to keep a clean sheet, another positive result on the way to the start of the season.”

‘Southend on Tuesday, where it all started for you really?’

“Yes, started there when I was under 9s, left when I was under 14s, it was a good starting block in my career so far and got a lot to thank them for.

“I still know a lot of the staff down there, so it will be good to go back and see them.

“The main thing as a young player is that you get the right foundations from a young age. Getting the basics right and they (Southend) had coaches who were equally as good as those at Arsenal.

“But it is another game and I’m fully focused if I get the chance to push on with my pre-season.

“They will be another competitive side and we will have to make sure we are on our jobs, any minutes I get is another step towards the start of the season.

“I have got 45 minutes in each game so far, so it has been a steady progression. It is all about getting used to the Manager and the lads – playing with different players. The only one I had previously played with is Rolando Aarons with England.”

Travel Posters - Tyneside Prints