Newcastle United have told eight players that they have no futures at the clubs and have been released, according a report.
The Newcastle Chronicle claims that 24-year-old defender Curtis Good is among those who are the victims of a brutal mass clearout after the Magpies’ Under-23s side beat Sunderland on penalties less than 24 hours earlier.
It is understood that Tom Heardman, Ben Kitchen, Stuart Findlay, Michael Newberry, Jack Hunter, Kyle Cameron and Paul Woolston have all been binned by the Magpies after holding meetings on Thursday morning.
The report adds that the only players who are reaching the end of their contracts who have been offered new deals are Cal Roberts and Luke Charman.
The Chronicle says that Newcastle have gone ahead with this exodus after being less than impressed with the players’ abilities to help out the first-team when needed by falling short in quality.
Football Insider verdict
Newcastle are taking no prisoners here, but in a way, they only have themselves to blame. The players that are being released by the club are all ones that are not expected to pull up any trees in the future and if the reasoning behind this clearout is down to how they are not ready for first-team football, then why is Rafa Benitez loaning out all of the good ones? Adam Armstrong and Freddie Woodman come to mind. Both are tipped for bright futures and are constantly being loaned out. When they are at the club they seem to have no chances, so why would players like Good, Heardman or Hunter get a shot? It’s a big move made by the club and they should hope that the next batch of youngsters are better.
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