Newcastle have announced the signing of highly-rated full back Matthew Bondswell.
The 18-year-old arrives on a free transfer following his release from Bundesliga side RB Leipzig and is set to initially link up with the club’s U23’s.
Bondswell is an England youth international, a product of Nottingham Forest’s Academy and a tall left-back who has also operated at centre-back.
Here’s what he told NUFC.co.uk after putting pen to paper today:
“It’s an amazing feeling to be at such a big club,”
“I’m really looking forward to getting started with the boys and hopefully doing some successful things in the future.”
Elsewhere, the club have also confirmed that 6ft 7′ goalkeeper Dan Langley has signed a new two-year deal at the club – a well deserved reward after a spell training with the senior side.
Interestingly, Martin Dubravka told NUFC TV that Langley is “getting better and better” after training with him this season, so it seems the young stopper is one to watch in the next season or two – even if he faces a tough task breaking in ahead of Dubravka, Darlow and Woodman!
Last but not least, the club have also revealed that fellow U23 star Elliot Anderson has been called up by England U-19’s following his eye-catching form in the Premier League 2.
Given he has already represented Scotland at youth level, this leaves the local lad with a decision to make over his long-term international future.
This highlights how highly the 18-year-old is rated on the national scene, raising more questions as to why he’s been left out of Bruce’s first team plans after a loan move to Luton was blocked back in January.
Here’s the England squad in full, showing his name alongside the highly-rated Harvey Elliot: