Fergie signs five-year contract at Newcastle.

Shane dealt a five-year deal.
Highly-rated Northern Ireland international Shane Ferguson has signed a new five-year contract with the club today.

Young Fergie is most definitely one of the brighter prospects on our books at the moment and has impressed when called upon throughout this campaign. That will hopefully mean that he is likely to play a more important role next season and can expect to be rewarded with more playing time with the first team.

At only 19-years-old he is far from the finished article, but I’ve noticed that he seems to have the maturity of someone much much older. You don’t hear about Shane dicking around with guns and other stuff do you?

Despite his mature attitude he still plays with the “no fear” attitude that you can sometimes expect from a youth player. He has slotted into the first team with ease and has been one of the better players on the pitch in a number of his limited appearances such as in the Stoke and West Brom games.

Fergie told the club website:

“I’m really happy. I’ve enjoyed this season so much and the new contract has just been the icing on the cake for me. It’s a great thrill to play for the club and the support I’ve had from the fans since making my debut really means a lot so I’m just delighted to be with Newcastle for the next five years now.”

Once again the club have moved to secure one of our brighter talents to a long term deal. I can see a pattern emerging….

Ferguson won’t turn 20 until July so he has plenty of years left in the tank. Speaking of tanks, he needs to fill his up with a good bit of grub as he looks about the size of a 12-year-old. No matter though as his performances have mainly been top drawer.

What I don’t want to see is Fergie pushed from pillar to post in terms of his position. Yes he may be versatile, but I’m not a fan of versatile players as they often get shoved into positions which aren’t natural to them. If he is a left-back, play him at left-back. If he is a left-midfielder, play him in left-midfield. Let him excel in his preferred position.

Hopefully Shane can continue to grow (literally!) and can continue to show his undoubted talent. He seems to have his head screwed on the right way and seems willing to learn from people, which are fine characteristics to possess for a young lad trying to make his way in the game

Nile Ranger take note!

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42 thoughts on “Fergie signs five-year contract at Newcastle.

  1. Great news! Something positive and concrete for us fans to finally latch onto since the West Brom game

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  2. Fookin ‘ell. Took all of six hours to catch up with the craic… This time difference is balls.
    Everything tasting a bit salty today mind 😐

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  3. on the Faye news, I think it would send out the wrong message if we picked him up from Stoke City. We should be looking to get players better than those that Stoke is releasing.

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  4. Toonsy, I too have quality sources who I cant quote but can say that they’ve told me ” the streets are a bit safer today” πŸ˜‰

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  5. I really do hope he doesnt get to play left back anymore. He is so much more effective as a winger. The last couple of games showed that. He just needs to add a little finish in his crossing. He is very good though for a 20-year old. Should be involved alot next season imo.

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  6. Brilliant news for Fergie, he’s been doing brilliantly so far, still not convinced about him at LB though, he needs a bit more strength. Interesting news on Enrique as well…not convinced he’ll stay, and if he does he’d better not start playing like he has done the last couple of months, he’s been costly…would rather take 15mil to be honest.

    And finally as for Krul-he can mug right off demanding the no.1 shirt-if he proves to be the best keeper he can have it, not be having a little hissy fit, if he’s going to be a problem we may as well sell him, don’t think Forster is much worse anyway.

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  7. This is defo great news. Every time I’ve watched young Shane I’ve been really impressed with his technique and his drive. You can really tell that he’s a gifted young player with the desire to succeed. Now if we can just get Gameiro and Gervinho…

    Great news about contract talks with Jose, too. I hope he signs, but even so, I still hope that we get some cover in there for him. Taye Taiwo or Cheik M’Bengue would be good and would defo challenge Jose. I suppose the ball is in Ashley’s side of the pitch now… 😐

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  8. OH- I really think Jose is off. Think taiwo is prolly out of our league too.
    Also I would wager the souls of my unborn children that we won’t get 15 million for Enrique.

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  9. Toonsy, thought I heard that deal fell thru? Where’s Dan when you need him πŸ˜•

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  10. Am always around πŸ˜‰

    Taiwo from the sounds of it will be joining Milan on a free in July.

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  11. Taiwo signed for AC Milan on the 19th of May. But lets just grasp on the straw that Enrique is staying πŸ˜† Maybe if we get in Gervinho/Gameiro and that sort of player he will stay???

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  12. My fear is that if we sign the likes of Gamiero, Gervinho, N’Zogbia, etc. – where will the likes of Ferguson and Vuckic fit and when will they play?

    It’s bad enough the likes of Nolan are going to be pushed out the team with these signings, our youngsters will never get a chance.

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  13. I have heard the rumour that we are after Konchesky, not sure if I would take him because he had a bad time at Liverpool. But its rumoured that if Jose goes to Liverpool we might get Konchesky as part of the deal

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  14. batty, i agree. don’t see him as a player to fill the void if jose leaves, I would prefer someone else

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  15. Aye it’s like selling a Ferrari for a collection of bottle tops plus a used tea bag thrown in as a sweetener πŸ˜‰

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  16. JohnoToon @ 20 – Maybe they are thinking of Jones as “long term” replacement for Joey??? Same position but cheaper and younger.

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  17. JerseyGeordie,

    I am not saying I would pick Ferguson as a first choice every game, but the fact is he is a wide player. We would potentially have Gervinho, N’Zogbia, Ben Arfa and Jonas who can play out wide as first teamers.

    That means we’re trying to force Ferguson to be a left back, which drove N’Zogbia away in the first place and made Damian Duff redundant towards the end of his run with us.

    We will ruin Ferguson too.

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  18. alanpardewproject, that’s why I think Barton was offered a short deal as he isn’t getting any younger. He’s been released hasn’t he so we would be able to get him on a free

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  19. funkyjesus-But fergie is labelled a left back..he’s played the wing for the majority but how do you know he doesn’t prefer LB himself

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  20. FJ we want the best possible players do we not? If fergie becomes redundant then that means we have a better player in that spot does it not?
    Unless of corse you have JFK picking the squads over corse πŸ‘Ώ
    Just frustrates mean how people moan about the club not buying quality players, and then when we’re linked with good players people moan about playing time…
    Not saying your moaning btw πŸ˜€

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  21. Newkie, fergie is a left mid and only played lb because of lack of quality options. He plays LW for the other club levels

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  22. Yeah, but we would play these guys no matter what since we bought them at a high price. It would take an injury for Ferguson to get game time.

    Why have a youth policy if the youth never play and we buy a first team constantly?

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  23. Jersey he is officially a left back, but I think plays better on the wing. I’d far rather keep seeing him on the left wing than at the back, but maybe could cover there

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  24. jersey-pretty sure for reserves etc he is officially a LB, not 100% like but that’s what i heard

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