Newcastle sign 17-year-old talent ‘subject to international clearance’ – Official statement

Newcastle United have announced the signing of Kilmarnock talent Charlie McAthur, confirming he will join the club ‘subject to international clearance.’

The 17-year-old centre-back captains Scotland at U17 level and is believed to be one of the most highly-rated young defenders North of the border, with the club revealing that we beat of ‘strong interest’ from a ‘number of Premier League clubs’ to his signature.

McAthur made his full debut for Kilmarnock at the age of 16 and managed four first-team appearances last season as they sealed promotion back to the SPL.

This comes just two days after we announced the signing of Spurs left-back Jordan Hackett, with Galway United star Alex Murphy another teenage talent who’s joined our U21 setup this summer.

Here’s the official announcement online, followed by a club statement on

Newcastle United are pleased to confirm the signing of young defender Charlie McArthur from Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock subject to international clearance.

The 17-year-old centre-back, who captained Scotland at this summer’s Under-17 European Championship in Israel, made his senior debut for Killie as a 16-year-old in October 2021 during a Scottish Challenge Cup last-16 win against Queen’s Park.

The defender made a further three appearances for the 2021/22 Scottish Championship winners, including his league bow in April during a 1-1 draw against Raith Rovers.

The promising youngster, who attracted strong interest from a number of Premier League clubs, will link up with United’s under-18 side ahead of the 2022/23 campaign. 

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