Newcastle United have announced the signings of Remi Savage, Charlie Wiggett and Cameron Ferguson.
The young trio will all link up with Chris Hogg and Peter Ramage’s under-23 team ahead of the 2021/22 season, with ‘Interim Academy Manager’ Steve Harper also praising the arrival of “three very good players, but also good characters”.
Savage is a 19-year-old defender who signs from Liverpool after rejecting a contract offer from his boyhood club. He is predominantly a centre-back but can also operate at left-back.
Then to Wiggett, who arrives from Chelsea. The 18-year-old is another centre-back, having captained the Blues at several age groups after signing his first professional contract with the club back in 2019.
Last but not least, the club have signed Cameron Ferguson – the son of former Newcastle United forward Duncan – from Tranmere Rovers.
The 18-year-old striker, who has previously played for Everton, has impressed during a recent trial on Tyneside and scored on his debut in a win over Sunderland at U-18 level.
Here’s what all three told nufc.co.uk since putting pen to paper at Newcastle United:
“It’s a new challenge and it’s good to maybe get out of my comfort zone and move to a new club – and a massive club as well,”
“Hopefully I can show everyone what I’ve got, and progress with Newcastle.
“I feel like it was the right time for a new chapter and hopefully I can push on from here. I’d like to bring leadership, and hopefully keep the goals out of the net – that’s the main job, really! I’ll give it my all and hopefully enjoy my time here, and push on as well.”
“There are a few [Curtis Jones, Neco Williams and Rhys Williams] who have made their first team, and I’m happy to see that – hopefully I can do the same at Newcastle.”
“I’m looking to come in, hit the ground running and impress people to progress my career and do what I can for the club,”
“In my first season I want to see what we can do as an under-23 team – I want to be that leader, encourage the people around me and make sure that we as a team are going to do well – and also push on towards first team level, and I’ve got a really good feeling about it.
“Obviously I’m from down south but the club seems like an amazing place and the pathway looks really good for me to really make a career out of the game, so I’m really excited about it. It’s a really beautiful stadium, the atmosphere on a matchday is insane, so hopefully one day I’ll get to play here.”
“When I got told they were going to sign me, I was made up,”
“The coaches have been excellent with me so far and everyone’s been helping me so much, so I can’t wait to get started. Hopefully I can make an impact; the club have put a lot of belief in me and I want to work my hardest and do my best for the team and the club.
“My dad is made up too – he speaks very highly of the club, its fan base and the lovely stadium. When the call came through that I was going to sign, he was so excited and so are the whole family. To come to a club like Newcastle is fantastic and I’m over the moon.”
Good luck to all three. Let’s hope we see them shine at U23 level and feature in our first-team before too long!