Newcastle United have announced that EIGHT teenagers have signed their first professional contracts with the club today – and one of those is a new arrival from Tottenham.
That man is Jordan Hackett, who joins Michael Ndiweni, Jamie Miley, Kyle Crossley, Harry Barclay, James Huntley, Josh Stewart and Ellis Stanton in landing pro deals on Tyneside.
The London-born defender arrives from Spurs after impressing during a trial period, with the 18-year-old himself revealing how Eddie Howe was a “big factor” behind his decision to sign.
Hackett is an England U18 international who is predominantly a left-back, although he has previously featured at centre-half.
Here’s what he told NUFC.co.uk after putting pen to paper at St James’ Park:
“When I was here on trial for the week, I really enjoyed it! The lads have made me feel welcome from the first day I stepped into the building.
“It was a hard decision to move away from London – my mum didn’t like it – but you have to do what you have to do to make a career in the game and I think this is the best decision for myself.
“I like Eddie Howe – he’s a good manager who knows what he’s doing – and he likes younger players.
“He was a big factor in joining the club because if I do well, he will take a look at me or think about using me.
“I also felt like I needed a change from London. I knew everything in the city and was getting too comfortable. I like being out of the comfort zone in order to push myself.
“It’s a good feeling to sign a contract at such a big, prestigious club. It’s going to be a challenge for me but a one I’m looking forward to.”