Newcastle United sign England U17 ace and a winger on long-term
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Newcastle United sign England U17 ace and a winger on long-term contracts​



Newcastle United have handed professional deals to two more talented youngsters in Trevan Sanusi and Leo Shahar.

Newcastle signed the two from Birmingham City and Wolverhampton Wanderers last summer, and they recently turned 17. The Magpies have not hesitated to sign the pair, and both could have an opportunity to shine in pre-season.

A United statement read: “Trevan Sanusi and Leo Shahar have signed their first professional contracts with Newcastle United.

“The highly-rated pair, who joined the Magpies last summer from Birmingham City and Wolverhampton Wanderers respectively, have both broke into United’s under-21s side in recent months and the promising duo, both representatives of England at under-17 level, have agreed full pro deals.”

Academy Director Steve Harper said: “We are delighted to secure both Trevan and Leo to their first professional deals.

“Being in a position to compete nationally to sign such young players shows how much the club value young talent and we really appreciate the backing of the Board. Through the hard work of everyone involved and support of the ownership, we are now in a position to provide a high level of staffing, programme and a pathway to allow young players to develop. The opportunity is there, now it’s up to the boys.

“We look forward to announcing further first professional contracts over the next couple of months.”

Shahar said: “Signing my first professional contract is everything I have dreamt of since I was a kid. To get that opportunity at such a big club like Newcastle United is outstanding and I’m hoping to keep pushing on.

“I’ve been getting great opportunities with the under-21s this season as well as playing in the UEFA Youth League and representing England (at under-17 level) so I thought that was such a big reason in wanting to commit my future here.”

Sanusi, a talented winger, told “It’s overwhelming and a dream come true to sign my first professional contract because I’ve worked hard for it my entire life. I’m incredibly excited to keep pushing and proving to everyone who gave me the deal.

“I stayed humble and didn’t expect it. I kept working hard until I got the contract, which I have now, but I’ll keep on working and won’t be stopping.”


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