Newcastle United’s jettison of unwanted players has at last got into gear on Friday afternoon, with six days of the window remaining.

Firstly, confirmation that Emmanuel Riviere had left St James Park. No mention of a fee, suggesting United had had to give away the one league goal in three years striker, with Metz the lucky recipients.

Secondly, that news has been followed with Stuart Findlay heading to Kilmarnock on loan.

Turning 22 next month, the centre-back follows Roberts, Woodman and Longstaff, who all went on loan to Kilmarnock in January for a half season.

Findlay’s move is initially up until January.

As Mike Ashley might say ‘Every little/penny helps’ and hopefully if a few more end up exiting, Rafa Bentez will be giving a bit more freedom to bring players in.

Any savings on wages and any meagre return in terms of transfer fees won’t do any harm.

Achraf Lazaar and Siem de Jong are just two who are claimed to be inching closer to finding new clubs.

Newcastle United official announcement:

‘Young defender Stuart Findlay has joined Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock on loan.

The 21-year-old will stay at Rugby Park until January 2018, becoming the fourth United player to have spent time on loan at Killie this year, after Freddie Woodman, Sean Longstaff and Callum Roberts enjoyed stints with the East Ayrshire outfit during the second half of last season.

It will be the centre back’s second spell with Kilmarnock, having spent time there on loan from Celtic during the 2015/16 campaign.

Findlay – a Scotland under-21 international – joined the Magpies in July 2016, and went on to make 30 appearances for the club’s under-23 side last term, scoring once.

He also made his first team debut for Newcastle in the 3-1 FA Cup replay win over Birmingham City at St. James’ Park in January this year.’



  • molend

    In the meantime we sell a 17-year-old to Everton where he’s guaranteed to get a chance.

  • 8prestondave

    The savings on the youngsters is negligible. We need to get rid of the senior players who contribute nothing or very little and this just seems to me to be a distraction to make it look as though we are doing something positive.

  • MadMag83

    One wonders if he was signed purely to move on at a later date

  • Oooh bobbi fleckman

    As Stuart Findley chats with Rafa about this important stage of his development and step up to senior football, he takes a look at the Mag for a fans’ view, oh look, the move is described as a “jettison of unwanted players”