Rangers

By Danny Wright

Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff has put pen-to-paper on a new contract at St. James Park, according to a report.

The Newcastle Chronicle claims that the 19-year-old has agreed terms to a two-year deal which will keep him on Tyneside until the summer of 2019.

It is also understood that Longstaff could be loaned out after signing his new contract to a team in the English Football League within the next few weeks.

The report also says that the Magpies youngster is attracting attention from the Scottish Premiership after he spent the season half of last season on loan with Kilmarnock.

He made 17 appearances north of the border for Killie, scoring three goals while playing alongside his Magpies team mate Freddie Woodman who was also there on loan.

All this comes after Florian Lejeune was announced as a Toon player, making Longstaff the second player to sign terms on Tuesday.

The French centre-back, who formerly played for Manchester City, was snapped up from La Liga outfit Eibar and will join up with Rafa Benitez’s squad ahead of the upcoming Premier League campaign.

Football Insider Verdict

Longstaff is one of a number of highly-rated youngsters that has emerged from the Newcastle academy in recent years, but the Tynesiders need to be very careful about how much they decide to send him out on loan. As with Adam Armstrong, there can be disadvantages to spending too much time away from a parent club as he can see your place in the squad overlook and drift further away from a place in the senior squad. Longstaff is quite far away from that yet, but if he has a solid season in either the Scottish Premiership or the English Championship, he could soon give Benitez some food for thought.

In other Newcastle news, a kitman has revealed a heartfelt message from this Newcastle player as he is reportedly set to move away from St. James’.

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