There was news in from Holland earlier, that FC Twente had agreed to take Newcastle’s Haris Vuckic on a week’s trial.

That has been followed by official confirmation that the NUFC midfielder had indeed already played his first match (friendly) for Steve McClaren’s former club.

Haris Vuckic playing all 90 minutes in a 3-1 defeat for the Dutch club against Sporting Lokeren,

Official FC Twente confirmation of Newcastle’s Haris Vuckic on trial at the Dutch club:

‘FC Twente beaten in friendly against Lokeren.

FC Twente played a friendly match against Sporting Lokeren.

The duel in Belgium lost 3-1.

Yaw Yeboah scored the Twente goal in the closing stages.

The team of coach René Hake travelled without the internationals (who are away with their countries).

Haris Vuckic, which this week is having a trial at FC Twente, part of the selection against Lokeren.’

FC Twente are taking a look at the midfielder with a view to signing him when his contract ends in June at St James Park.

Joining Newcastle United as a much talked about 16 year old in January 2009, Haris Vuckic looked an exciting prospect.

However, eight years later the Slovenian international hasn’t made it in the upper levels of English football and needs to get his career back on track.

He has caught the eye of FC Twente’s coaching staff and they hope he can make the grade in Holland.

Making sporadic appearances over those eight years, mostly in cup competitions, the only goal for Haris Vuckic came when he scored the winner against Atromitos in the Europa League.

Numerous loan spells with Cardiff, Rotherham, Wigan, Cardiff and Bradford never really went anywhere and it was only at  Rangers in the Scottish second tier that he really blossomed, scoring some spectacular goals in the 2014/15 season.

His lack of pace/mobility always meant it was difficult to see him succeeding in the top tier of English football but he does have ability and hopefully Haris Vuckic will find his place in Dutch football.

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  • Mark Scott

    This lad sums up our lack of player development at this club. Probably one of the best potential-based youth players we’ve had for a while and has found he’s now out in the cold and trying to scrabble a club. Obviously injuries have hurt his progress here and I hope he gets on somewhere soon.