It’s official – Joe Willock is a Newcastle United player!
The club have announced in the last few moments that the 21-year-old has completed a permanent return to St James’ Park, signing a SIX-year contract on Tyneside.
Willock has been registered AFTER today’s 12pm deadline, meaning he’ll not be available for this Sunday’s clash with West Ham but could make his debut in our trip to Villa Park next Saturday.
The midfielder scored a stunning eight goals in 14 games during a loan spell at St James’ Park over the second half of last season, becoming the youngest player in Premier League history to score in six consecutive appearances in that time.
Here’s the announcement video released by the club, followed by Willock’s first words since making the move official:
“I’m buzzing to be here,”
“I loved my time here last season and I’m really happy to be back and to be a Newcastle United player.
“Leaving Arsenal is obviously a big step, and I’d like to thank everyone involved with the club for all their support over the years, but this is the right move to the right club at the right time for me.
“I only got one chance to play in front of a smaller number of Newcastle fans as a home player last season, so I can’t wait to step out in front of a packed St. James’ Park and experience that atmosphere.
“Come on, you Maggies!”
Great to have such a hungry, talented and all action midfielder signed up on a permanent deal, with him offering the sort of pace, power, energy and goal threat our engine room has so often lacked in recent seasons.
Welcome back, Willock – Joe is a Geordie!