By Harry Sykes

Ivan Toney has joined Shrewsbury Town on loan from Newcastle until January, it was announced on Monday.

The striker confirmed on his personal Twitter account that he was looking forward to linking up with the League One side after agreeing terms.

Newcastle subsequently revealed on their official website that Toney, 20, will remain at the New Meadow until 5 January 2017.

Toney signed for the Tyneside club last summer from Northampton Town on a long-term contract, but after four appearances the forward has been sent out on loan for a second time.

The 20-year-old spent two spells on loan at Barnsley last season, scoring two goals in 21 appearances in all competitions for as they gained promotion to the second-tier via the play-offs.

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Manager Rafael Benitez has given his approval for the youngster to head out on loan for some more experience, so he can push for a first-team spot in the future.

He joins Micky Mellon’s Shrewsbury side ahead of their EFL Cup tie at home to Huddersfield Town on Tuesday night.

Benitez currently has new £10million signing Dwight Gayle, Ayoze Perez and Aleksandar Mitrović all vying for a first-team forward spot, which has limited Toney’s chances of playing regularly.

After relegation last season Newcastle are aiming for instant promotion back to the Premier League, but gotoff to a bad start in their Championship campaign with a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Fulham on Friday evening.

In other Newcastle transfer news, the club have no intention of cashing in on this striker.