Thursday afternoon has seen an official Newcastle United announcement stating that Sean Longstaff will be staying at Blackpool until the end of the season.
The promising midfielder has scored six goals so far this season and was initially on loan until this month.
This is set to be the first of a number of announcements concerning a number of young Newcastle players currently out on loan.
Whilst some were sent out by Rafa Benitez on year-long deals, others such as Adam Armstrong and Alex Gilliead were half year deals and could either see their stays also extended at Bolton and Bradford respectively or move on to other clubs for the remainder of the season.
Difficult/impossible to see any of those out on half-season loan deals being brought into the Newcastle first team squad for the relegation struggle this season.
Newcastle United Official Announcement:
Newcastle United have agreed to extend Sean Longstaff’s loan spell with Blackpool until the end of the season.
The 20-year-old midfielder has scored six goals – most recently against Scunthorpe on Boxing Day – and created several more for the Tangerines during the first half of the campaign, and has made 23 League One appearances so far.
His loan was due to expire after this weekend’s game at Oxford but manager Gary Bowyer has moved quickly to keep the player at Bloomfield Road for the remainder of the season.
Newcastle-born Longstaff spent the second half of last term with Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock, scoring three times in 16 league starts.
Speaking to Blackpool’s official website, Bowyer said: “I’m delighted that we’ve been able to get the deal done, and I’d like to thank Newcastle for allowing Sean to continue his development with us. He’s benefitting from playing week in, week out and he’s got six goals, which is an incredible return for someone of his age.”
Longstaff added: “I’ve enjoyed my time here so far. I’ve played or been a part of pretty much every game apart from two, I think. It’s been perfect for me, I’ve settled in really well, all the lads are great and all the staff have been great with me.”