Newcastle United duo set for loans

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SHANE Ferguson and Sammy Ameobi are set for loans away from Newcastle United.

Manager Alan Pardew’s looking to farm out more players after seeing his senior ranks swelled during last month’s transfer window.

Defender Paul Dummett and midfielder Mehdi Abeid joined St Johnstone and St Mirren respectively on half-season loans this week.

Midfielder Brad Inman’s stay at Crewe Alexandra has been extended until the end of the campaign.

Pardew feels a spell away from St James’s Park will benefit versatile Ferguson, who has played a handful of first-team matches this season.

Forward Sammy Ameobi, 20, is also expected to be loaned out to a Football League club by Pardew, keen for the England Under-21 international and Ferguson, capped by Northern Ireland, to get first-team football under their belts between now and the end of the season.

“I’m going to loan a couple of others out,” Pardew said.

“Ferguson definitely needs to go out and play. This year, I think it’s been tough on him coming into the team when it’s not been functioning well.

“He’s a good player. He’s played well for Northern Ireland.

“He needs to get 10 games under his belt, and I think we’ll see a different player when he puts the black and white shirt on. Maybe a couple of others (will be loaned) too.”

United’s policy of loaning players out is already paying dividends away from St James’s Park.

Pardew is looking forward to reaping the benefits next season when a clutch of players return to the club.

Defender Curtis Good was loaned to Bradford City in November.

The 19-year-old is looking forward to a date at Wembley later this month, having played his part in a remarkable success cup success story at the club.

The Australia Under-20 international helped the Bantams reach the Capital One Cup final last month.

Good started both legs of the club’s semi-final win over Premier League side Aston Villa.

Pardew is keep a close eye on the progress Good, signed from Australian club Melbourne Heart last year after a successful trial on Tyneside, is making at Valley Parade.

Midfielder Conor Newton is also in a major final, having helped St Mirren to the Scottish League Cup final.

The 21-year-old was in the team which knocked Celtic out at the semi-final stage last month, and the Buddies will face Heart of Midlothian at Hampden in the showpiece.

Dummett played in the earlier rounds in his first loan spell at St Mirren Park, and is eligible to play in the final.

Asked about Good, Newton and Dummett’s achievements with their loan clubs, Pardew said: “It’s brilliant.

“They tell me Curtis has got a new name now – Curtis ‘Better’! That’s good news.”

Meanwhile, Inman has caught the eye at Crewe. The 21-year-old has scored four goals for the League One club.