NEWCASTLE United have completed the signing of Tottenham Hotspur youngster Jordan Hackett while seven other academy products have signed their first professional deals with the club.

The 18-year-old left-back had a trail at the club’s Little Benton training ground towards the end of last season appearing in an Under-23’s match against Rangers.

Despite interest from a number of different clubs, Hackett has chose to join the Magpies and sign his first professional contract with the club.

Hackett said: "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."

He is likely to feature for the club’s Under-21’s side when they compete in the Papa John’s Trophy later this year against Barnsley, Doncaster Rovers and Lincoln City.

Newcastle continue to build for the future after seven others also signed their first pro deals on Tyneside. Michael Ndiweni, Jamie Miley, Kyle Crossley, Harry Barclay, James Huntley, Josh Stewart and Ellis Stanton