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Former Newcastle United defender free agent joins Hartlepool after successful trial

3 years ago

Former Newcastle United defender David Edgar as finally found a new club.

Now 31, he became a free agent after being released by Ottawa Fury.

The Canadian club play in the USL Championship, which is the second tier of football in the United States, under the MLS.

David Edgar is a versatile defender who can also play in defensive midfield if needed.

Now it has been announced by Hartlepool (see below) that they have signed him after a successful trial.

In November, Jack Ross said that Sunderland were interested in signing the one-time NUFC player but nothing came of it.

After 18 Premier League appearances for Newcastle, the defender left at the end of the 2008/09 relegation season, joining Burnley for £300,000, later going on to play for Swansea City, Sheffield United, Birmingham City and Huddersfield Town, as well as Vancouver Whitecaps and Nashville.

Though he grew up in Canada, his dad Eddie was from Jarrow and was on Newcastle’s books as a goalkeeper, making one appearance.

David Edgar scored two goals in his short Premier League career for Newcastle, a stunner that earned a 2-2 draw with Man Utd when the defender was only 19.

Then the ‘consolation’ when Newcastle were hammered 5-1 by Liverpool at St James Park, maybe one of the most one-sided home matches many Newcastle fans have ever seen. Without Shay Given it would surely have been double figures and that was the game in December 2008 which finally appeared to push Given over the edge, finally having had enough of the likes of Mike Ashley and Joe Kinnear.

Non-League Daily:

Hartlepool United have signed former Newcastle United and Burnley defender David Edgar on a deal until the end of the season.

The 42-cap Canadian international joins Craig Hignett’s side after training with Pools this week. The 31-year-old has most recently been playing back home for Ottawa Fury in the United Soccer League.

He is also well remembered by Newcastle fans for his January 2007 goal against Manchester United in the Premier League at St. James’ Park in a 2-2 draw.

Edgar has also represented Birmingham City, as well as having loan stints with Swansea City, Huddersfield Town and Sheffield United during his initial years in the English game. His new manager told Hartlepool’s club website:

“David is a very good player and we’ve made this move with a view to next season as well. He’s got experience of international football, he’s played in the Premier League and he’s played abroad but now he’s back here and we’re really pleased to get a deal sorted.

“He’s been on trial at the number of clubs but we’re delighted to get a deal done with him because he will add that experience and quality to our defence.”

There is a family link to the club as well, with Edgar’s father Eddie playing 83 times in goal for Pools in the 70s.


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