By Harvey Byrne
Newcastle young prospects Sean Longstaff, Callum Roberts and Freddie Woodman have joined Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock until the end of the season, it was confirmed on Monday.
The youngsters have starred for Peter Beardsley’s Under-23s this campaign and they will now link up with former Toon midfielder Lee Clark in Scotland.
Newcastle’s official website confirmed the six-month loan deals for all three players as they look to gain experience at the Scottish top flight side.
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Kilmarnock are currently sat in 10th place in the Premiership, two places and four points above bottom place.
It is looking likely that the three Toon youngsters will now be involved in a battle to help Killie maintain their top flight status.
Woodman, 19, has previously had loan spells at Football League sides Hartlepool and Crawley and is considered a bright prospect between the sticks having also played for the England Under-21s.
Meanwhile, 19-year-old Roberts has previously earned experience with non-league side Gateshead and made his senior debut for Newcastle against Leicester in the FA Cup in 2015.
Longstaff is also 19 and is the current leading marksman for Peter Beardsley’s side with 10 strikes this campaign.
Football Insider verdict:
Allowing the young trio to move to the Scottish Premiership could help benefit all parties. The young starlets were not going to get into Rafa Benitez’ Championship promotion chasing side and a league as high in quality as the Premiership will only aid their development. Meanwhile, Kilmarnock will have three players added to their squad as they look to battle relegation in the second half of the campaign. Longstaff, Roberts and Woodman will also benefit from first team exposure, as of course they will develop better, while if they don’t make it at Newcastle then they will have shown that they can still perform to a level.
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