Newcastle United defender Stuart Findlay has confirmed that will be leaving the club when his contract ends at the end of the season after the club revealed in private talks they would not be extending his stay.

The 22-year-old arrived on Tyneside on a free transfer after leaving Celtic in the summer of 2016 but despite his promise struggled to break into the senior side, with just one first team appearance to his name.

He left St James’ Park to head back north of the border to join Kilmarnock on loan for this season, and found that his time with the Magpies was coming to an end after they called him down to the north east of England for a meeting.

He told the Scottish Sun: “I’m out of contract with Newcastle at the end of the season. They called me down for a meeting and they told me I will leave.

“I’m not thinking about the future. it’s hard to say what will happen.”

The giant defender, who stands at 6’3″, has made 31 appearances for Killy this season, while his only Newcastle appearance cam in an FA Cup win over Birmingham last season.

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Findlay’s exit will not cause much dismay among the Newcastle supporters but his failure to make the grade does highlight a worrying trend on Tyneside. Whether emerging from the academy and the reserve side or brought in from elsewhere to bolster the under-23s, there have been very few success stories of young talents stepping up into the first team. Not every youngster will have what it takes, but when every one of the starlets is falling by the wayside on the way to the senior squad, questions must be asked over the quality of the youth system.

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