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8th Jan, 2017 | 7:10pm

Newcastle striker delivers verdict on loan deal

By Emma Sanders

Adam Armstrong has revealed he is “over the moon” he was able to extend his loan agreement with Barnsley after briefly returning to Newcastle in January.

The Newcastle striker joined the Championship outfit on loan in the summer but he has extended his stay by another six months after enjoying a successful spell.

Armstrong admitted it was always the plan from the club and the player to extend the deal because he feels he is not needed by Rafa Benitez at the moment.

The 19-year-old insisted he hopes to gain more experience and by extending his loan deal with Barnsley he will have a greater opportunity of achieving that.

“This is what I wanted. This is what both clubs wanted as well. Newcastle probably don’t need me up there right now,” said Armstrong, as quoted by the Express.

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“I’m over the moon to stay here at Barnsley. The whole point of the loan is for me to learn and get more experience and to do it here in a great environment can only be helpful.”

Armstrong has already notched up 16 appearances for Barnsley and he has become an important figure in Paul Heckingbottom’s squad despite battling with an ankle injury.

The England Under-20 international briefly returned to Newcastle before the two clubs agreed to extend his deal and Benitez hopes it will help Armstrong challenge for a position in the first-team squad.

The teenager made his debut for the Magpies in March 2014 during a 1-0 defeat against Fulham and he went on to play in a further 20 games before signing a four-year contract in the summer.

He was impressive while on loan at Coventry last season but his loan spell at Barnsley has been littered with injury set-backs in his opening six months.

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