Newcastle United have announced the signing of former Schalke defender Bradley Cross.
The 19-year-old South African talent is expected to go straight into our U-23 set up – and could even make his debut alongside Ciaran Clark, Paul Dummett and Matty Longstaff on Monday.
Here’s the official statement released by the club in the last few moments, confirming a two-year deal for the centre back:
Newcastle United have confirmed the signing of teenager Bradley Cross, who will join the Magpies’ Academy on a two-year deal.
The 19-year-old defender, who was on loan at Bundesliga side FC Schalke 04 from South African club Bidvest Wits for two years, was out of contract in June but will link with United’s under-23 squad after completing a successful trial with the Magpies.
The teenage centre-back, a representative of South Africa at under-20 level, attracted strong interest from a number of Premier League clubs and could be in line to make his young Magpies debut on Monday afternoon as United’s second-string host Fulham at St. James’ Park in Premier League 2.
Cross also had this to say to NUFC TV since making the move:
“I know it’s one of the biggest clubs in England with its history and it’s always been a dream of mine to play in the UK.
“It is an amazing achievement for me.
“I’ve spoken to the coach (Chris Hogg) and he’s spoken of the ideas he has for me.
“I feel like I bring something different to the team and the coach encourages me to play to my strengths, which is something that has been very helpful. There is also a pathway to try and get into the first-team.
“I’m a left footed centre-back that loves playing football.
“I like when the ball is at my feet and love playing out from the back, looking for those window passes to break the lines.
“I want to help the team out as much as possible and just leave all I have out there on the pitch, giving 100 per cent for every game and training session.”
Another Academy addition, coming a week after Rodrigo Vilca’s arrival on Tyneside.
Welcome to the club, Bradley! One to watch over the next 12 month.