By Danny Mills

18th Aug, 2021 | 7:01pm

Mills: Newcastle handed 'huge bonus' after Willock news

Newcastle United have been handed a “huge” boost after completing the signing of Joe Willock, according to Danny Mills.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Leeds United and England defender insisted Willock’s arrival will mean Steve Bruce can guide the club to safety once again.

The Magpies confirmed last week (13 August) the 21-year-old had penned a “long-term deal” with the club.

Football Insider revealed the day before he had agreed a six-year deal with the north-east giants after they had a bid of £25million accepted by Arsenal.

Willock spent the second half of last season on loan from Arsenal and scored eight goals in 14 Premier League games.

That included a run of seven strikes in his final seven games – equalling Alan Shearer’s club record.

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“He played very, very well last season and showed how good he is,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“He obviously wants to be there which is another huge bonus for the football club. He wants to be there and wants to play. He’s proven that he can do it in the Premier League.

“You just think ‘Why not? Get it done’. It’s a shame they didn’t get it done earlier.

“Obviously he adds another attacking threat. When he comes back in Newcastle fans, there will always be conjecture about Steve Bruce, but long-term he’ll be absolutely fine again.”

Willock joined Arsenal as a four-year-old and made 78 appearances for his boyhood club.

The London-born ace also has four England Under-21 caps to his name.

In other news, Newcastle United are racing a Premier League rival to sign a Bundesliga sensation as agents jet in for talks.