Newcastle United have agreed a deal with Stefan O’Connor according to claims on Thursday morning.

It is ESPN who have broken the story and they say that sources close to the player have confirmed that a deal has been agreed after the defender has been training with the rest of the Newcastle squad this week.

The 20 year old defender became a free agent at the end of June after Arsenal decided not to offer him another contract.

This morning saw the Chronicle follow up the ESPN story with confirmation that Stefan O’Connor has indeed been training with Newcastle and they understand a two year deal is on the table.

After making a Champions League debut when only 17, the young defender found his way blocked to first team action just like so many other promising Arsenal players.

It was back in December 2014 when he got his first and only first team action, replacing Mathieu Debuchy for the final 13 minutes of a 4-1 win at Galatasaray.

O’Connor joined Crystal Palace at the age of 13 and apart from that solitary Champions League appearance, the only other first team football he has seen has been on loan at York City and MVV Maastricht in Holland, playing four times for each club.

A versatile player who can play at both centre-back and right-back, he is obviously a low risk signing if he does/has indeed joined Newcastle.

Not a signing to set the pulse racing but even in this day and age, not an impossibility for a player to not make it at one club and be released, only to then be a success elsewhere.

Newcastle have the prime example in Dwight Gayle, who was actually let go also by Arsenal as a teenager.

The striker dropping out into non-league football before going up through the divisions right up to the Premier League.

Isaac Hayden is less than two years older than Stefan O’Connor so you can only assume that Rafa Benitez would have at some stage asked the midfielder’s opinion on his former Arsenal teammate.



  • Leazes Ender

    I just head straight for transfermarkt….. not Ryder and co to use a quote…. they’ll turn him into a rough diamond or exciting prospect, feeding their dwindling readership with ‘hope and positives’ …..not reality. Have a look you’ll see what he was and is.

    • Phil K

      Exactly. The kids failed where he’s went. And BADLY.
      I hope I’m wrong.

  • MadMag83

    One for the reserves or development squad

  • Rev

    Another one for the future… anazing what every penny in transfer fees gets you these days. Can’t we just go for it like Huddersfield. We seem hell.bent on adding 6 to 8 premier league players to the squad for nowt.

    • Phil K

      Wasn’t any good at York for God’s sake and his LOAN for a year lasted 4 games and they terminated it.
      Sounds just the OPPOSITE of what we need.
      Arsenal aren’t dumping him because he’s good.
      And “Premier quality” he ISN’T
      I just hope Rafa sees something he thinks he can work with not just Isaac Hayden helping an old mate from Arsenal out

      • Rev

        The new Satka / Good … nothing wrong with strengthening at all levels but this is starting to look familiar, splash the cash in Europe with an eye to selling on and laugh at everyone else paying silly money while we aim for fourth bottom and a run in the cups to keep everyones spirits up. Could be an expensive January if eveyone else has gone up a gear. Just hope i am wrong and a new spine appears in the next 3 weeks

        • Phil K

          The familiar “aiming at fourth bottom” is becoming more and more obvious. I couldn’t be less impressed so far. A couple of failures at other clubs that couldn’t even do it out on loan at lower league clubs

          • Rev

            Just get the feeling we have a load of lowball ofers on the table and are prepared to lose out if selling clubs wont budge on the last day to move players on. So the 5-6 new faces before preseason turned out to be pie in the sky, lets see how the $70 million available to keep us up goes. Thats still 3 or 4 good signings to come

          • HarryHype59

            I doubt very much there is 70m available for new players.

    • Leazes Ender

      He hasn’t kicked a ball in the Premier league only played at under 23.

  • HarryHype59

    When is Rafa going to start spending the 70m minimum he is getting from Ashley?

    • Lhc

      Lied to

      • HarryHype59

        I did wonder!

  • Blackburn1066

    Rafa has to sell before he can spend