Rolando Aarons wasn’t given a squad number when Rafa Benitez handed them out before the opening Premier League match.
The winger given only 77 minutes in the Championship season by the Newcastle boss, then a paltry 137 minutes last time in the Championship.
A disastrous loan spell followed in Italy earlier this year, the winger making 11 Serie A appearances but not getting a single goal or assist as Hellas Verona were relegated.
When the official 25 man NUFC Premier League squad was announced on Monday, Rolando Aarons was the notable absentee.
Achraf Lazaar had also not been given a squad number in early August but was then included in that official squad yesterday.
Rolando Aarons looked doomed to be training and playing with the kids and travelled down to Doncaster today, ahead of tonight’s Checkatrade Trophy group match, where NUFC Under 21s are taking on the Rovers first team.
Aarons turns 23 in November and along with Jamie Sterry was set to be one of the overage players allowed.
However, when the team was announced at 6pm ahead of the 7pm kick-off, it was revealed that the winger had been pulled out of the team at the last minute because a loan move is reportedly on the cards.
The Chronicle saying an unnamed Bulgarian team could be set to take Rolando Aarons on loan.
The transfer window doesn’t end until Saturday (8 September) in Bulgaria, so a few days left to get a deal finalised.
Interesting to see which club, if a deal happens, as league leaders Levski Sofia have Gabriel Obertan on their books.
He made 31 league appearances last season as they finished third in the table, Obertan scoring four times. This season though they are top after seven matches, winning six and drawing one.
As for the NUFC Under 21s who take on Doncaster at 7pm tonight in the Checkatrade, the team and subs are:
NUFC Under-21s team:
Harker, Sterry, Bailey, O’Connor, Gibson, Watts, Juanito, Roberts, S. Longstaff, Allan, Sørensen.
NUFC Under-21s substitutes:
Langley, Cass, Walters, M. Longstaff, Sangare, Wilson. Kick-off at the Keepmoat Stadium is at 7pm.