PETER Beardsley has seen a glimpse of the future at Newcastle United – and he’s convinced it’s bright.
Teenage winger Rolando Aarons yesterday signed a professional contract at the club.
Aarons followed Adam Armstrong, Freddie Woodman and Lubo Satka in committing his long-term future to Newcastle.
Striker Armstrong and goalkeeper Woodman have returned to Tyneside after helping England qualify for the summer’s European Under-17 Championships in Malta earlier this week.
And United manager has high hopes for the pair, both 17, along with 18-year-old defender Satka, who has represented Slovakia at Under-19 level.
Armstrong has already made his first-team debut for Newcastle.
And Beardsley – who coaches the club’s Under-21 side – is hopeful they can push on and break into the senior side.
“I was lucky enough to see Arma’s debut, and it would be great if one or two others get a chance down the line,” Beardsley said.
“That, ultimately, is our job – to produce players that get to the next level.
“It’s not going to happen overnight, but there will be a time where we get two or three into the first team squad.
“Lubo went to Southampton with the first team, which was massive.
“Two weeks previously, him and Rolando Aarons were part of the squad. The manager is spot on with them.”
Aarons, born in Jamaica, joined United from Bristol City two years ago, and the pacy and skilful winger earned his contract after catching the eye this season playing for Newcastle’s Under-18 and Under-21 sides.
“I’m buzzing – it’s a special moment for me,” said Aarons.
“This is where it starts and I need to get my head down; the hard work starts now.
“I feel like I’m stronger, faster and fitter and I’ve benefited from the work I’ve been doing with the fitness coaches here.
“It seems as though the gaffer (United manager Alan Pardew) is really interested in bringing young players through, so it gives you hope that you’ll get a chance if you keep doing well.”
Beardsley has seen Aarons – who is sidelined with an injury – make significant progress this season.
“He’s always had ability, but he’s shown great character in the last month, and we’re delighted that he’s agreed to sign this contract.
“He has a lot of talent and now he’s adding the workrate to it. He has a bright future.”