It has been revealed that Solly March was due to sign for Newcastle United, only for a tragedy in his personal life to change things at the last minute.

The England Under 21 international has made 14 appearances for Brighton this season but he could have been instead playing in the black and white of NUFC.

His agent, Robert Codner, says that the winger was in Newcastle and set to put pen to paper, when he then learned of a personal tragedy in his life concerning his best friend.

Taking the news really badly, the then 17 year old ended up going back down south and signing for Brighton instead.

At the time Solly March was with non-league club Lewes and had been training with Newcastle so they could have a look at him.

It was back in November 2011 when Alan Pardew was manager.

Solly March had a really bad cruciate knee ligament injury and has only returned to full fitness recently, since then he has appeared in 13 of Brighton’s last 15 matches, starting games as well as coming off the bench in others.

Robert Codner talking to The Argus:

“Solly March was going to sign for Newcastle.

“He went up there. He had a tragedy, something happened to his best friend.

“He took it quite badly and so Newcastle sent him back.

“That was the window for Brighton to become involved. Millwall were involved as well but Brighton jumped in and got the deal done.”

“The exciting thing for me was him getting picked for England.

“He is very well thought of in the England set-up.

“If his progression continues the way I think it can, there is no reason why he cannot play for England.

“He’s one of he best left-sided players in the country.”