Callum Roberts has revealed his dream is still to play for Newcastle United in the Premier League.
The local lad was axed by the club last summer, which clearly came as a shock to him and many others after he shone at reserve level and scored on his first team debut at Blackburn last year.
Since his release, Roberts has spent most of this season as Blyth Spartans’ main man, scoring 17 goals in 25 games for the National League North side.
His impressive displays earned him a move to Notts County in January, where he has hit the ground running on the wing netting three goals in eight appearances. However, Roberts has made no secret that his burning passion is to play for Newcastle once again:
“The focus will never change. I want to play at the highest level possible,”
“I still watch Newcastle because it’s the club I want to play for one day in the Premier League.”
The youngster admits the decision to axe him even surprised himself, but insists he is still in contact with former team-mates and there is no bad blood between himself and the club.
“I still talk to the lads most days.
“I’m still really good friends with them all, that will never end.
“There’s no bad blood there at all, but you do want to prove them wrong.
“You’ve just got to keep yourself motivated to make sure you do prove them wrong at the end of the day to make sure it’s their loss and my gain.”
Roberts’ attitude is a perfect example for any player who feels they are still good enough to make it in the game despite a set-back like this.
Complacency is a big thing in life, and maybe his surprise release was the kick up the backside that he needed.
His form seems to suggest that this is the case, with him scoring 20 goals over the past season – including some stunning solo efforts for Blyth and Notts County (albeit at a lower level).
He needs to look no further than Ian Wright or Jamie Vardy to see that it can be done.
Players have worked their way up from the lower leagues before – especially attacking players – and there is no reason to suggest why the South Shields lad can’t do the same.