Shane Ferguson signs up for Newcastle United

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SHANE Ferguson, right, has signed a new five-year deal with Newcastle United.

The exciting Irishman has burst onto the scene this season, getting a run of games towards the end of the campaign.

Northern Ireland international Ferguson made his first-team debut against Accrington Stanley in the Carling Cup last August, then made his league bow as a substitute in the 5-0 win over West Ham in January.

A first Premier League start followed in March’s 4-1 win over Wolves and he was in the first XI for the final two games of the campaign as United drew with Chelsea and West Brom.

Ferguson, who turns 20 in July, said: “I’m really happy. I’ve enjoyed this season so much and the new contract has just been the icing on the cake for me.

“It’s a great thrill to play for the club, and the support I’ve had from the fans since making my debut really means a lot, so I’m just delighted to be with Newcastle for the next five years now.”

Ferguson joined Newcastle as a 16-year-old in July 2007 from Derry City, and made his international debut as a substitute in a friendly against Italy in Pisa at the age of 17 years and 329 days.