Former Tottenham Hotspur defender becomes Newcastle United's fifth summer signing

Newcastle United have confirmed that eight academy prospects have signed their first professional contracts with the club.

Monday, 4th July 2022, 2:18 pm
Updated Monday, 4th July 2022, 2:29 pm

Under-18s regulars Michael Ndiweni, Jamie Miley, Kyle Crossley, Harry Barclay, James Huntley, Josh Stewart and Ellis Stanton have all agreed full-time deals at the club. In addition, 18-year-old full-back Jordan Hackett has joined the club following his release from Tottenham Hotspur.

Hackett played for Newcastle’s Under-23s side on trial in a 3-2 win against Rangers’ ‘B team’ last season. He has also represented England up to Under-18s level.

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Jordan Hackett of England U15 competes for the ball with Riccardo Pagano of Italy U15 during the match Italy v England U15 of the Nations Tournamnent on April 27, 2019 in Gradisca d'Isonzo, Italy. (Photo by Pier Marco Tacca/Getty Images)

Following his arrival, Hackett told the club website: "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.”