Newcastle midfielder will exit club within months, mid-table club plot offer - report
Newcastle United midfielder Mackenzie Heaney will exit the club when his contract expires within a few months, according to a report.
The Newcastle Chronicle claims that Heaney, 19, is set to leave St James’ Park in the summer and has already started to attract attention from clubs within the EFL.
It is understood that the central midfielder has been on trial at Norwich recently and the mid-table Championship club are plotting to make an offer for him with the view to a summer deal.
Heaney is the latest Under-23s player that Newcastle have decided to let go after a mass exodus saw the likes of Curtis Good and Tom Heardman released last week.
Former England Under-127 international Heaney was once a very highly-rated prospect at Newcastle and was said to have been the centre of a tug of war between England and Scotland.
However the midfielder has failed to make a single first-team appearance for the Magpies and it now seems that he will never get that chance again.
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Heaney is one of many young players to fail to meet their potential at Newcastle. Rafa Benitez is not exactly the kind of manager to promote players from the youth team but it seems that even those in charge of the development squads can see that a large number of youngsters will be unable to make the grade. One of the main things that the Magpies are doing wrong is the way that they use the loan market. Players like Adam Armstrong are being sent out continually while players like Heaney have never made a single senior appearance anywhere. The club must find a way to balance this so that academy products can get senior experience while also having the facilities to use on Tyneside.
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