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DONE DEAL: Ex-Arsenal prospect joins Newcastle

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Stan Flaherty has joined Newcastle United’s Academy from Arsenal on a scholarship contract.

Flaherty, 18, featured on a trial for the under-18 squad as Newcastle were beaten 3-0 against their Liverpool counterparts at the Kirkby Academy but almost netted a consolation for the young Magpies after hitting the crossbar.

Speaking about his move to United, the teenager told nufc.co.uk: “I’m buzzing to sign for Newcastle United. It is a massive club and when I heard they were interested, I just wanted to come up here and I’m happy to get everything sorted now. I can’t wait to get started.

“I come up here for a week about a month ago and I really liked the place. I liked the staff and the players and there was a really friendly vibe at the Academy. The minute I came here, I felt welcomed.

“It was a good trial. I did a week’s training which was good and then we played a match against Liverpool. The result didn’t go too well as we lost 3-0 but, overall, it was a good week for me as I really enjoyed it here, which is why I was happy to come back.

“My main position is central midfield but I can also play as a number ten and off the wing. When you come up here and you see the likes of Sean and Matty (Longstaff) in the first-team, that is a big plus because you think maybe one day that could be you.

“I just want to get playing now so I’m really looking forward to it.”

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  1. Bobbybee

    January 25, 2020 at 11:38 pm

    Welcome to the Toon bonny lad. If all goes well you’ll be playing in the first team soon. Only you can make it go well lad.
    Family and friends will love the night life when they visit, don’t let it distract you though, football first. You know it makes sense.
    On behalf of the Toon Army, I wish you the very best of luck. Show Arsenal what they nearly had.

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