Turning 21 this coming September, young Newcastle midfielder Liam Smith has now agreed to join Crewe Alexandra on loan.

It was last March when Smith went to Blackpool for his first experience of senior football, making eight appearances but unable to help the north west club retain League One status.

Liam Smith joins Crewe Alexandra after they made the drop with Blackpool, Crewe finishing rock bottom of League One and so the Newcastle youngster will be experiencing football in the fourth tier for the first time.

Good luck to him on his initial loan which takes him up until 9 January 2017.

Ironic that Newcastle are sending Liam Smith and other young players no doubt out on loan, whilst at the same time Rafa Benitez is desperately recruiting young players this summer to beef up the Under 21s set-up.

Official Crewe Alexandra Statement:

‘20-year-old midfielder joins until January

Crewe Alexandra can confirm the signing of 20-year-old Newcastle United midfielder Liam Smith on a loan deal until 9 January 2017.

The youngster joins Steve Davis’ set-up immediately and will be available up to, and including, the trip to Mansfield Town on 7 January.

After graduating through the Magpies’ academy and earning a pro contract in 2015, Smith joined Blackpool in League One on a two-month loan in March 2016 for his first taste of senior football.

He made four starts and four substitute appearances for the Club before returning to Newcastle at the end of the 2015/16 campaign.

Smith will begin training with his new team mates at Reaseheath tomorrow and will be available for selection for the friendly match with Wolves at Gresty Road on Friday evening.’