By North-east correspondent Harry Sykes

James Cobain has agreed a move from Newcastle to Scottish Premiership club Kilmarnock, it was confirmed on Friday.

The 19-year-old right-back was released by the Magpies at the start of June but his contract was not due to expire until the end of the month.

Newcastle have now announced on their official website that Cobain has joined top-flight outfit Kilmarnock, who are managed by former Toon midfielder Lee Clark.

It brings to an end Cobain’s nine-year association with the north-east giants.

He joined the club at the age of 10 and worked his way through the ranks to became a regular in the Newcastle Under-18 team.

Cobain did not play for the Newcastle first team but made eight appearances Peter Beardsley’s second string in the Under-21 league.

He will now link up with Clark at Rugby Park ahead of the new campaign.

In other Newcastle news, Benitez is close to a stunning Newcastle quadruple breakthrough.