No club recall for Newcastle’s Shane Ferguson – despite country heroics

LOAN? ... Newcastle's Shane Ferguson.
LOAN? ... Newcastle's Shane Ferguson.

NEWCASTLE United’s Shane Ferguson won’t be recalled by his club – despite his heroics for his country.

The 23-year-old helped in-form Northern Ireland to Euro 2016 qualifying victories over Greece and the Faroe Islands during the international break.

But Ferguson – who last played for Newcastle in December 2012 – is set for another spell away from the club on loan.

United manager Alan Pardew maintained that Ferguson was “part of our squad” ahead of tomorrow afternoon’s home game against Leicester City.

However, the versatile player, under contract at St James’s Park for another two years, does not have a Premier League squad number but is eligible for the Capital One Cup.

Ferguson himself admitted while on international duty that a loan was his most likely route to first-team football.

He said: “Alan Pardew has said he’s been impressed with me in training, but I’m still young, so going out on loan could be a good thing for me.

“I don’t want to be sitting doing nothing, I’m not like that.

“I got the taste for it again, and all I want to do now is be back playing.”

Ferguson has had two spells on loan at Birmingham City.

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