PETER Beardsley’s seen a glimpse of the future at Newcastle United – and he is convinced it’s bright.
Teenage winger Rolando Aarons yesterday signed a professional contract at the club.
Aarons followed Adam Armstrong, Freddie Woodman and Lubo Satka in committing his long-term future to Newcastle.
Striker Armstrong and goalkeeper Woodman have returned to Tyneside after helping England qualify for the summer’s European Under-17 Championships in Malta earlier this week.
And United manager Alan Pardew has high hopes for the pair, both 17, along with 18-year-old defender Satka, who has represented Slovakia at Under-19 level.
Armstrong has already made his first-team debut for Newcastle.
And Beardsley – who coaches the club’s Under-21 side – is hopeful they can push on and break into the senior side.
“I was lucky enough to see Arma’s debut, and it would be great if one or two others get a chance down the line,” Beardsley said.
“That, ultimately, is our job – to produce players that get to the next level.
“It’s not going to happen overnight, but there will be a time where we get two or three into the first team squad.
“Lubo went to Southampton with the first team, which was massive for him.
“Two weeks previously, him and Rolando Aarons were part of the squad. The manager is spot on with them.”