Josef Yarney played a decent amount of time (143 minutes) in the five Newcastle United first team friendlies but the young centre-back was always likely to head out on loan.

The 20 year old has indeed moved on to Morecambe FC for an initial six month loan deal.

The Shrimps thanking Newcastle for letting the young defender join them on a temporary basis.

Josef Yarney has been at Newcastle for a year so far after being released by Everton.

The transfer window closed on Thursday but throughout this month, English clubs below the Premier League can still do loan deals.

Plus all of the major European leagues still have their transfer windows open, so they can loan or buy any of Newcastle’s players until we reach September.

The likes of Freddie Woodman, Callum Roberts and Sean Longstaff were all given NUFC first team squad numbers yesterday but we could still see one of all of them head out on loan.

Whilst for the likes of Henri Saivet, Achraf Lazaar and Rolando Aarons, the writing is on the wall for them as they weren’t given a squad number and if they don’t move on this month, are surely destined to be training with the kids.

As for Josef Yarney, he looks to be heading for a busy time. Morecambe only avoided dropping out of League Two on goal difference last season and lost their opening game of the season 6-0 at Crewe last weekend, hopefully he can make a difference at the back.

Morecambe FC official announcement;

β€˜THE Shrimps have signed Newcastle United central defender Josef Yarney on a six month loan deal.

The Everton academy graduate moved to Newcastle in summer of 2017 and the 20-year-old has featured regularly in Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle side throughout pre season.

Yarney said: “I heard a couple of whispers about the opportunity to come here last week and then Newcastle signed a centre half yesterday so that freed me up to come and get some experience.

“It’s great to be here. Hopefully I can help the team and get some games under my belt.”

Boss Jim Bentley added: “We’ve struggled in the centre half position and Josef coming in will help us in that area of the pitch.

“He’s had a good upbringing and has good pedigree.

“He’s a big strong lad who’s enthusiastic and determined to do well.

“Hopefully he does well for us and in turn we can help him reach his potential.

“We’d like to thank Newcastle United for loaning us Josef and we wish them all the best for the season.”

The deal is subject to receiving confirmation from EFL, Premier League and FA.’