TEENAGE winger Rolando Aarons has become the latest Newcastle United youngster to sign a professional contract with the club.
Jamaica-born Aarons, who is 18, joins Adam Armstrong, Lubo Satka and Freddie Woodman in putting pen to paper at the Magpies’ Benton academy.
Having joined Newcastle from Bristol City’s academy two years ago, he was part of the first-team squad for last month’s Premier League game at Fulham and has scored three goals in his last four reserve games.
“I'm buzzing - it's a special moment for me,” said Aarons. “This is where it starts, and I need to get my head down - the hard work starts now.
“I feel like I'm stronger, faster and fitter and I've benefitted from the work I've been doing with the fitness coaches here.
“It seems as through the gaffer is really interested in bringing young players through, so it gives you hope that you'll get a chance if you keep doing well.”
Football development manager Peter Beardsley added: “Rolando's had a brilliant month. He's always had ability, but he's shown great character in the last month and we're delighted that he's agreed to sign this contract.
“He has a lot of talent and now he's adding the work rate to it. He has a bright future and it's good news for us going forward.”