Elliot Anderson excited penning new deal with Newcastle

Elliot Anderson is delighted with his new deal at Newcastle United.

The winger has penned a new, long-term contract today.

Speaking after the contract announcement, Anderson said: “I’m really happy. I love playing for Newcastle United, and committing my future to the club is something I’ve really wanted to do.

“It was my aim coming back into pre-season to work hard and earn the opportunity to stick around. I have really enjoyed being with the first team group, so hopefully I can keep improving and contribute to the team.”

The teenager was expected to be loaned out during the summer transfer window with as many as 12 clubs from England’s lower leagues and Scotland eyeing his signature.

However, his pre-season performances and start to the season for Howe’s side made Newcastle’s management re-think their decision.

The Magpies’ sporting director, Dan Ashworth, said: “Our strategy is not just about who we can buy, it is also about who we have and how we nurture and develop our best young talent.

“It’s crucial for the club and our Academy to provide a pathway for our young players and a belief that if they are good enough, they will get an opportunity to play.

“Steve Harper with the Academy and Eddie Howe and his staff have been brilliant with Elliot. They have given him an opportunity and some great coaching and development to enable him to get to this level.

“Elliot has shown he has the attributes to have a successful career at this level and we hope he will be here for a long time to come.”