News on Thursday afternoon that Newcastle United have informed at least seven young players that they won’t be offered a new deal.

Whilst the eventual total is believed to be set to far higher when made public, the Chronicle have named seven who they understand will definitely be looking for a new club.

Newcastle said to have told Tom Heardman, Ben Kitchen, Curtis Good, Stuart Findlay, Michael Newberry, Jack Hunter and Kyle Cameron, that they have all been released.

Curtis Good and Stuart Findlay are the only two of the seven who have played for the first team, with Good having now spent six seasons at St James Park after Newcastle paid £500,000 to Melbourne Heart back in 2012.

Injuries have blighted his time on Tyneside but on odd first team appearances he has never looked likely to make it.

With Newcastle so short of numbers at the end of the January window, Curtis Good (and Macauley Gillesphey) were included in Newcastle’s official (maximum) 25 man Premier League squad, although that still only brought numbers up to 24.

The newspaper also reports that only two players due to be out of contract from the development group have definitely been offered new deals, those two being Callum Roberts and Luke Charman. Dan Barlaser having agreed a new deal previously as well.

Not the best timing though, as only hours before being told they had no future at St James Park, a number of these players were amongst the team who won that dramatic Premier League International Cup game at Sunderland.

The game ending 2-2 and then after extra time, NUFC won the reserve team derby 11-10 on penalties.



  • mentalman

    So many of these players were tipped as future stars and just disappear into oblivion with the rest of our young players

    • Andy Mac

      You could argue we don’t have youth development coaches so much as child minders ?

      • sphinxhunter

        You are correct, Andy Mac, we lack that professional approach that Rafa has brought to the first team. The real push from NUFC must be to recruit proven, quality, professional development coaches.

    • Down Under Mag

      Good looked a great prospect, but much like Vukic (and Aarons) before him his progress suffered badly through injuries. That is assuming our bunch of clowns in charge of the academy would have actually helped them progress in the first place. I remember Viana being the world youth player of the year (the season before Cristiano Ronaldo won it) when we got him and we wasted him…so it’s not just a recent problem. How long has Pedro been in charge of the youngsters again???

      • mentalman

        It’s been happening as long as i can remember

  • The Vicar

    What is the proportion of young hopefuls who do end up making it at other clubs? Are we any worse than the others? (suspect “yes”). If we are consistently worse then we should find someone to run youth development who will be consistently better.

    • Martin

      It’s a about a 1:200 chance of a player who joins a PL academy when young ending up playing in the Premier League.

      • Down Under Mag

        What I wonder about is the likes of Southampton and Everton seem to have a constant production line of young talent coming into the first team. What are they doing right that we are getting so wrong?

  • Coach Clagnut

    Timing was pretty good I think. Playing for your future so go out and perform. Plenty of scouts take these games in precisely because they know a boatload will be up for grabs at the end of the season.

  • 1957

    Having seen quite a few u23 games, the only one that surprises me is Findlay who looked a decent centre back if a bit lightweight.

    Lee Ryder and his crew will be devastated over Heardman who they have consistently plugged as the new Andy Carroll, which he isn’t. When I’ve seen him he looks more like a young Hoss only less mobile.

  • Andy Mac

    On the day NUFC announce numbers of young players leaving en masse there comes a report that “Baboo” is helping Young Boys beat Basel to the Swiss title after nine years of dominance from Citehs conquerors.

    OK its just the Swiss league just as its Just the Championship for Mitro but does this club really know good young players when it sees them ? Mbabu was m8’s with Aarons and both looked promising two years ago. Neither will be at the club next season

    • MadMag83

      Just look at the case of Thauvin, considered not good enough for​ us yet flying back at Marseille. Could it be that the clubs lack of stability makes it difficult for young players to flourish?

      • Down Under Mag

        Young players aren’t given a chance. Maybe because they aren’t prepared by the coaching staff properly to make that step up…maybe it’s because they aren’t good enough…maybe it’s because there is always an excuse like promotion or relegation that the manager at the time can not afford to have unknowns in his first team. Whatever the reason it needs to change because we aren’t going to be competing with other clubs in the transfer market for established players any time soon.

    • Wor Lass

      Mbabu had one great game v Citeh when all of his flying tackles worked. In his first season back in Switzerland he set what must have been close toa world record for yellow and red cards.

  • ghostrider

    It’s not nice to see any younguns released and there will likely be some that will go on to prove themselves.
    However, generally those that do get let go generally find their standing in non league or lower leagues, with just the odd one every few years actually making it to the top.

    All clubs do it so it’s not as if our club is any exception to any rule or any inability to find the right talent.
    We loan out those who we believe have the potential to step up and those who don’t get released, generally step up to the loan stakes and so on.

    Unfortunately with this TV money and the pressure of football clubs to push on by fans and pundits and media alike…young players do not get the chance to be risked and to take the hits of that risk until they become stronger, fitter and more experienced in first team affairs.

    A paul Dummett comes along every now and again and the same with an Andy Carroll.
    So we do produce but we would produce better and most likely a few more on a regular basis if we weren’t trying to hang onto the coat tails of the elites of the premier league.

    Producing the starts of the future from in house will only likely become more abundant if we were toying around in a lower league.
    Seeing as we aren’t, then it’s a case of buying ready made in for the fight players who can hit the ground running, or take little time doing so.

    I’d love football to get back to grass roots where kids at school can dream of playing for their local club and actually strive to do so by working hard under the best coaching and the best mindset of hard work and humble beginnings, rather than the expectancy of many that they suddenly become rich if they make it and that’s their goal.