Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez looks on from the touchline

By Danny Wright

Newcastle confirmed on Friday that up-and-coming defender Stuart Findlay has agreed terms to join Kilmarnock on a season-long loan deal.

The Magpies announced on their official website that Findlay, 21, has returned to the Scottish top-flight after spending the 2015/16 season with Kilmarnock while he was on loan from former club Celtic.

He made 27 appearances across all competitions in his previous spell with the Scottish Premiership side and he is now the fourth player in the last year to move to Rugby Park on a temporary basis after Freddie Woodman, Sean Longstaff and Callum Roberts.

Findlay has made one senior appearance for Newcastle, which came in January when he played all 90 minutes of the Tynesiders’ FA Cup replay win over Birmingham.

The centre-back will no doubt be going to Kilmarnock to earn vital first-team experience, which he seems unlikely to get with Newcastle in the Premier League this season.

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Newcastle appear to be striking up a partnership with Kilmarnock, and it’s definitely working well in helping develop younger players. Woodman was in top form at Rugby Park last season and it seems that he might be fighting for a spot in the Magpies first-team in the near future. Findlay will be hoping that he can follow a similar route, although at the age of 21, it might be his final season for him to step up and show Rafa Benitez that he has what it takes to get into his matchday squad in the future. However the Spanish boss has shown signs recently that he has no interest in developing youngsters, and that could be an issue for players like Findlay.

In other Newcastle news, Benitez has confirmed that this attacker is set to leave St. James’ Park within the coming days.

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